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Modern Arabic Sociolinguistics

Diglossia, variation, codeswitching, attitudes and identity

By Abdulkafi Albirini

© 2016 – Routledge

438 pages | 2 Color Illus.

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About the Book

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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics