The Different Perspectives of Saudi Female Undergraduate Students Towards Linguistic Violence

Khawater Alshalan


This paper explored the relationship between linguistic violence and attitudes of 90 Saudi female undergraduate students in the English department of King Saud University. The study was conducted to identify the most frequent abusive types of phrases and investigate its effectiveness on students’ attitudes by recording their responses. Students were able to identify 270 phrases that evoked their emotions. Quantitative measures were used to analyze the student’s attitudes when being exposed to verbal violence. Results confirm that labeling the person negatively (n=90) was more likely to trigger anger (n=114) and less likely to elicit frustration (n=67), which was the opposite in phrases implied threats that evoked the emotion of frustration more than anger. Regarding the hidden struggle among women in an abusive environment, findings suggest enrolling students in classes that motivate them to take action towards any form of verbal abuse. In addition, this research would raise awareness and decrease the rate of linguistic violence.


Saudi, Female, Domestic Violence, Verbal Abuse

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