Colloquialism and the Community of Practice

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Bikhtiyar O. Fattah
Salah M. Salih


Colloquial language is a very comprehensive linguistic notion that beholds all the forms and linguistic units of informal language variations. The investigation of colloquial language requires precise data; and this can be fulfilled by the consideration of community of practice in the process of data collection. Community of practice is the mutual engagement of a group of people that share a certain interest, a social status, or an occupation in common; however, they are not supposed to be homogenous in age, gender, hobby, social status and occupation in order to be included. This study adopts a descriptive qualitative method to demonstrate, theoretically, how significant the availability of community of practice in colloquial language studies is. It ultimately aims at identifying the characteristics and morphological forms of colloquial language on the one hand, and expounding the notion and the criteria of community of practice and its contribution in conducting colloquial language studies on the other hand. This study hypothesizes that consideration of community of practice is a prerequisite in conducting colloquial language studies. This study concludes that the majority of the studies conducted on various colloquial language forms either ignored the consideration of community of practice or they were not fully familiar with the notion, the traits, the dimensions, the frame, the structure and the functions of community of practice.


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Fattah, B. O. and Salih, S. M. (2022) “Colloquialism and the Community of Practice”, Koya University Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 5(1), pp. 77-84. doi: 10.14500/kujhss.v5n1y2022.pp77-84.
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Bikhtiyar O. Fattah, Department of English Language, Faculty of Education, Koya University, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Bikhtiyar got B.A. degree at Salahaddin University and got M.A. at Koya University. He specialized in English Linguistics; specifically, interested in Pragmatics and Discourse analysis. He has been teaching at Koya University since 2009. I attended many English language and English linguistic courses outside the country; namely, at Bilkent University/ Turkey; and at Sheffield Hallam University/ the United Kingdom. Also, He attended and presented many seminars inside and outside the country, such as: Huddersfield University, Sheffield Hallam University, Loughborough University and many more. In addition to the aforementioned, I am a member of the Politeness Research Grou

Salah M. Salih, Department of English Language, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Koya University, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Salah M. Salih is an assistant professor of Linguistics & English Language at the Department of English Language & Translation at Koya University. He gained his BA in English Language & Literature from Al-Anbar University in 1995 and; his MA and Ph.D. in Linguistics and English Language from Baghdad University in 2000 and 2003 respectively. He started his academic teaching in 1995 when he worked as a Lab Assistant at Al-Anbar University. In 1996, he joined the Department of English, College of Arts, Baghdad University to pursue his MA and Ph.D. study and teach there as well, he worked as a lecturer in the Department of English Language in both the College of Arts and the College of Languages, Baghdad University during the academic years 1997-2003. From 2003-2005, he worked as an Asst. Prof. and the Head of the Department of English Language at the College of Education, Seyoun, Hadhramout University for Science and Technology, Republic of Yemen.


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