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Arabic sociolinguistics

Author: Reem Bassiouney
Publisher: Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The first introduction to the field of Arabic sociolinguistics, this book discusses major trends in research on diglossia, code-switching, gendered discourse, language change and language policies in  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Reem Bassiouney
ISBN: 9780748623747 0748623744
OCLC Number: 863184831
Description: xvii, 311 or.: ir.
Contents: 1. Diglossia and the Arab world; 1.1 An overview of the study of diglossia; 1.2 Theories that discuss diglossia in terms of levels; 1.3 The idea of Educated Spoken Arabic; 1.4 The concept of prestige as different from that of standard; 1.5 Groups of dialects in the Arab world; 2. Code-switching; 2.1 Introduction; 2.2 Problem of terminology: code-switching and code-mixing; 2.3 The study of constraints on code-switching; 2.4 Motivations for code-switching; 2.5 Studies on diglossic switching as part of code-switching; 2.6 The relationship between code choice and speaker's role in Egyptian political discourse, a case study; 2.7 Conclusion; 3. Language variation and change; 3.1 Introduction; 3.2 Social class and social networks; 3.3 Methodology; 3.4 Sociolinguistic variables; 3.5 Levelling; 3.6 Conclusion; 4. Arabic and gender; 4.1 Introduction; 4.2 Politeness in relation to gender; 4.3 "Mister master", names, status and identities; 4.4 When a chicken crows like a cock, women narrators; 4.5 Language variation and change in relation to gender; 4.6 The symbolic use of language; 4.7 Gender universals re-examined; 4.8 Conclusion; 5. Language policy and politics; 5.1 The power of language; 5.2 The domains of language policy; 5.3 Factors governing language policies; 5.4 Case studies (North Africa, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine and Israel, The Sudan; 5.5 The role of language academies in the Arab World; 5.6 MSA, politics and the aching nation, a case study; 5.7 Conclusion; 6. General conclusion.
Responsibility: Reem Bassiouney.

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[This] book is the first of its kind in Arabic sociolinguistics. It will set the standard for the field with its rich insights, brilliant range, and copious examples that make the subject come alive. Read more...

 
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