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The Politics of Palestinian Multilingualism

Speaking for citizenship, 1st Edition

By Nancy Hawker


256 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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The Politics of Palestinian Multilingualism: Speaking for citizenship provides an essential contribution to understanding the politics of Israel/Palestine through the prism of sociolinguistics and discourse analysis. Arabic-speakers who also know Hebrew resort to a range of communicative strategies for their political ideas to be heard: they either accommodate or resist the Israeli institutional suppression of Arabic. They also codeswitch and borrow from Hebrew as well as from Arabic registers and styles in order to mobilise discursive authority. On political and cultural stages, multilingual Palestinian politicians and artists challenge the existing political structures. In the late-capitalist market, language skills are re-packaged as commodified resources. With new evidence from recent and historical discourse, this book is about how speakers of a marginalised, contained language engage with the political system in the idioms at their disposal.

The Politics of Palestinian Multilingualism: Speaking for citizenship is key reading for advanced students and scholars of multilingualism, language contact, ideology and policy, within sociolinguistics, anthropology, politics and Middle Eastern studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A discourse-analytical exploration of the citizenship of Palestinians

Chapter 1: The contestation of Arabic on Zionist stages

Chapter 2: Linguistically navigating ‘mixed’ social settings in contexts of segregation

Chapter 3: Expressing styles for discursive authority

Chapter 4: Anxious attitudes, confident practices: the ambivalence of late capitalism

Conclusion: The political scientist is the sociolinguist’s friend

Epilogue: A personal journey through language teaching and learning ideologies





About the Author

Nancy Hawker (DPhil University of Oxford 2013) has been studying modern Arabic and Hebrew since she was a teenager, adding politics, history and literatures while studying at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. She is currently finishing a postdoctoral fellowship at The University of Oxford, UK.

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