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The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Sociolinguistics

ISBN 9781138853966
Published July 2, 2019 by Routledge
338 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Sociolinguistics comprises 22 chapters encompassing various aspects in the study of Arabic dialects within their sociolinguistic context.

This is a novel volume, which not only includes the traditional topics in variationist sociolinguistics, but also links the sociolinguistic enterprise to the history of Arabic and to applications of sociolinguistics beyond the theoretical treatment of variation. Newly formed trends, with an eye to future research, form the backbone of this volume.

With contributions from an international pool of researchers, this volume will be of interest to scholars and students of Arabic sociolinguistics, as well as to linguists interested in a concise, rounded view of the field.

Table of Contents


  1. Arabic sociolinguistics: principles and epistemology. Enam Al-Wer & Uri Horesh
  2. Historical aspects

  3. The Classification of Arabic and sociolinguistic variation in the pre-Islamic period. Ahmad Al-Jallad
  4. Variation in Old Arabic. Jonathan Owens
  5. Dimensions of variation

  6. Regional Variation. William M. Cotter and Rudolf de Jong
  7. Confessional Varieties. Clive Holes
  8. Style and sociolinguistics. Jonathan Owens
  9. Traditional dialects. Bruno Herin
  10. Dialect contact and urban dialects. Ángeles Vicente
  11. Peripheral varieties. George Grigore
  12. Arabic-based pidgins and creoles. Stefano Manfredi and Fida Bizri
  13. Levels of analysis

  14. Phonological and morphological variation. Aziza Al-Essa
  15. Prosodic variation. Sam Hellmuth
  16. Syntactic Variation. Lina Choueiri
  17. Aspects of sociolinguistics in the Maghreb

  18. Variation and koinéization in the Maghreb. Leila Messaoudi
  19. Morphosyntactic variation: focus on Maltese and other western varieties. Maris Camilleri
  20. Diglossia and the normalization of the vernacular: focus on Tunisia. Lotfi Sayahi
  21. Language and ideology

  22. Form and ideology revisited. Niloofar Haeri and William M. Cotter
  23. Ideologies in the manifestations in language contact situations: the case of Arabic-Hebrew in Palestine. Nancy Hawker
  24. Applied sociolinguistics

  25. Sociolinguistics and the Teaching of Arabic as a Foreign Language. Peter Glanville
  26. From an MSA-only to a fully integrated Arabic foreign language curriculum. Munther Younes and Elizabeth Huntley
  27. Diglossia and language development. Reem Khamis-Dakwar and Karen Froud
  28. Language Analysis for Determination of Origin (LADO) in Arabic-dominant settings. Peter L Patrick


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Enam Al-Wer is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Essex.

Uri Horesh is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in Linguistics at the University of Essex.