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Badarneh, Muhammad A. 2010. The pragmatics of diminutives in colloquial Jordanian Arabic. Journal of Pragmatics 42 (1) : 153–167.
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This study on the pragmatic functions of diminutives in colloquial Jordanian Arabic (CJA), reveals that these diminutives are deployed both as a positive politeness strategy, aimed at expressing affection and furnishing a friendly context for social interaction, and as a negative politeness strategy oriented towards minimizing infliction and mitigating negative statements.