1st Edition

Modern Arabic Sociolinguistics Diglossia, variation, codeswitching, attitudes and identity

By Abdulkafi Albirini Copyright 2016
    438 Pages 2 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    438 Pages 2 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Modern Arabic Sociolinguistics outlines and evaluates the major approaches and methods used in Arabic sociolinguistic research with respect to diglossia, codeswitching, language variation and attitudes and social identity.

    This book:

    • outlines the main research findings in these core areas and relates them to a wide range of constructs, including social context, speech communities, prestige, power, language planning, gender and religion
    • examines two emerging areas in Arabic sociolinguistic research, internet-mediated communication and heritage speakers, in relation to globalization, language dominance and interference and language loss and maintenance
    • analyses the interplay between the various sociolinguistic aspects and examines the complex nature of the Arabic multidialectal, multinational, and multiethnic sociolinguistic situation.

    Based on the author’s recent fieldwork in several Arab countries this book is an essential resource for researchers and students of sociolinguistics, Arabic linguistics, and Arabic studies.

    Acknowledgment  Map of the Arab World  Abbreviations and transcription conventions  List of figures and tables  1. Introduction  2. Arabic varieties and diglossia  3. Methodological considerations  4. Language attitudes  5. Social identity  6.Language variation and change  7. Codeswitching  8. Digital media, diglossia, and language use  9. Heritage Arabic speakers: a different paradigm  10. General conclusion  Bibliography  Appendices  Index


    Abdulkafi Albirini is an Associate Professor of Arabic and Linguistics at Utah State University.

    "It provides an informed examination of the situation in the core Arabic regions, and it can also serve as a manual for students of Arabic and sociolinguistics. It offers an excellent overview of the typical sociolinguistic problems connected with Arabic and its speakers in the typical Arabic states." -- Petr Zemanek, Institute of Comparative Linguistics