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

ISBN 9780415707473
Published September 9, 2015 by Routledge
438 Pages 2 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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