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The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Linguistics

1st Edition

Edited by Elabbas Benmamoun, Reem Bassiouney


580 pages

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The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Linguistics introduces readers to the major facets of research on Arabic and of the linguistic situation in the Arabic-speaking world.

The edited collection includes chapters from prominent experts on various fields of Arabic linguistics. The contributors provide overviews of the state of the art in their field and specifically focus on ideas and issues. Not simply an overview of the field, this handbook explores subjects in great depth and from multiple perspectives.

In addition to the traditional areas of Arabic linguistics, the handbook covers computational approaches to Arabic, Arabic in the diaspora, neurolinguistic approaches to Arabic, and Arabic as a global language.

The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Linguistics is a much-needed resource for researchers on Arabic and comparative linguistics, syntax, morphology, computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and applied linguistics, and also for undergraduate and graduate students studying Arabic or linguistics.

Table of Contents


I. Phonetics, Phonology, and Morphology:

    1. Arabic Phonology,
    2. Syllable Structure in the Dialects of Arabic,
    3. Pharyngeal and Emphatic Consonants,
    4. Stems in Arabic Morphology and Phonology,

II. Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics

    1. The Syntax of Tense in Arabic,
    2. Negative Sensitive Items,
    3. Resumption,
    4. Personal Datives in Lebanese Arabic,
    5. Arabic Semantics,
    6. Arabic Functional Linguistics,


III. Experimental and Computational Approaches

    1. First Language Acquisition of Arabic,
    2. Neurophysiological investigations in studies of Arabic linguistics: The case of Arabic diglossia,
    3. Arabic Heritage Speakers in the US,
    4. Experimental Data and Arabic Morphology,
    5. Arabic Speech and Language Technology,

IV. History, Contact, and Variation

    1. Arabic and the other Semitic Languages,
    2. Diglossia,
    3. An Alternative Approach: Understanding Diglossia/Code-switching Through Indexicality: The Case of Egypt,
    4. Patterns of Variation and Change in the Arab World,
    5. Social Status, Language and Society in the Arab World,
    6. New Elaborate Written Forms in Darija: Blogging, Posting and Slamming in 2015 Morocco,
    7. Arabic as a Contact Language,
    8. Contemporary Arabic-based Pidgins in the Middle East,
    9. Linguistic Anthropology Approaches to Arabic,
    10. Peripheral Arabic,

V. Ideology, Policy, and Education

    1. Arab Nationalism and/as Language Ideology,
    2. Waves of Arabization and the Vernaculars of North Africa,
    3. The Arabic Language and Political Ideology,
    4. Arabic Political Discourse,
    5. Language Policy and Planning: The case of Morocco: A Critical Approach,
    6. Challenges of Arabic Language Education Policies in the Arab World,
    7. Arabic Language Teachers’ Conceptions of Assessment and the Hidden Tension between Accountability and Improvement: Examples from Egyptian Schools,

About the Editors

Elabbas Benmamoun is Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Linguistics at Duke University, USA.

Reem Bassiouney is Professor in the Applied Linguistics Department at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

About the Series

Routledge Language Handbooks

Routledge Language Handbooks provide comprehensive and state-of-the-art linguistic overviews of languages other than English. Each volume draws on an international team of leading scholars and researchers in the field. As reference works, the handbooks will be of great value to readers in many different fields; linguistic typology at all levels, general linguists, historical linguists, sociolinguists, and students of the individual languages or language families concerned.

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