The first introduction to the field of Arabic sociolinguistics, this book Reem Bassiouney For the layperson, there is only one language called ‘Arabic’. For the. This introduction to major topics in the field of Arabic sociolinguistics Reem Bassiouney is an assistant professor of Arabic linguistics at Georgetown University. The first introduction to the field of Arabic sociolinguistics, this book discusses major trends in research on diglossia, code-switching, Reem Bassiouney.

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She is the author of The Functions of Code-Switching in Egypt as well as numerous scholarly articles and three novels. Though there is a growing body of Arabic sociolinguistic literature that casts interesting light on Arabic, and offers insights into sociolinguistics in general, the book rightly argues that many challenges still confront Arabic sociolinguistics, and that many topics are in need of further research, such as diglossic switching, and language education policies in the various Arab countries.

Graduate students of Arabic language and linguistics as well as students of sociolinguistics with no knowledge of Arabic will find this volume to be an indispensable resource.

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This introduction to major topics in the field of Arabic sociolinguistics examines key issues in diglossia, code-switching, gendered discourse, language variation and change, and language policies. I have no doubt whatsoever that this book will quickly emerge as the primary text on any course on Arabic in the social world.

As such, the study of variation in Raabic has traditionally not been encouraged.

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Lang Policy 9: Chapter three considers variation and change in Arabic in relation to three major theories: Arabic and gender 4. Click here to sign up. While is true that such a book cannot cover all topics in Arabic sociolinguistics, my impression nonetheless is that some have bassioundy disproportionate coverage.

Arabic Sociolinguistics

The major internal challenges are: Log In Sign Up. No eBook available Amazon. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Table of Contents Introduction 1.

Arabic Sociolinguistics is to my knowledge the only up-to-date, comprehensive manual on the whole subject.

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Remember me on this computer. For example, almost a third of the book is devoted to language and gender, while the topic of pidignization and creolization in Arabic has been neglected.

Chapter one presents briefly the linguistic situation in the Arab world, introducing diglossia and dialect groups. While there exist a number of undergraduate and graduate textbooks on the sociolinguistics of English, the current book focusing specifically on Arabic is to the best of my knowledge the first of its kind.

Language policy and politics 5. Structures, Functions, and Varieties. This phenomenon is worth studying because there are nowadays cities mainly in the Gulf states employing millions of foreign workers with many non-Arabic speakers, resulting in pidginized and creolized forms of Arabic Abu-Manga ; Miller The Arabic language and national identity. For a long time and this is still the case in sociokinguistics circlesStandard Arabic al-fusha was considered the only sociolinguistiics written language, while other varieties were delegitimized for M.

Reviews “While there exist a number of undergraduate and arabid textbooks on the sociolinguistics of English, the current book focusing specifically on Arabic is to the best of my knowledge the first of its kind. Conspicuous in its absence too is the above-mentioned expanding field of linguistic landscape, which offers a fresh look at language as a social phenomenon in the modern world.

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The Arabic Language Today.

Language variation and change 3. Up-to-date and comprehensive, it is useful not only to students and researchers of Arabic, but also to all those who are interested in sociolinguistics in general.

Help Center Find new research papers in: Chapter five deals with language policies and language education policies in the Arab world. A collection of articles presented to Manfred Woidich on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday pp.

Amara ideological reasons, both religious and nationalistic.

Linguistic landscape and ethnolinguistic vitality: It will set the standards for the field with its rich insights, brilliant range, and copious examples that make the subject come alive. Arabic Sociolinguistics Topics in Diglossia, Gender, Identity, and Politics Reem Bassiouney This introduction to major topics in the field of Arabic sociolinguistics examines key issues in diglossia, code-switching, gendered discourse, language variation and change, and language policies.

Due to the diglossic nature of Arabic, and the negative attitudes in the Arab world towards local dialects, it is not surprising that most of the works on Arabic sociolinguistics are written in English and French.