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Arabic Sociolinguistics$
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Reem Bassiouney

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623730

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623730.001.0001

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(p.28) Chapter 2 Code-switching
Arabic Sociolinguistics

Reem Bassiouney

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses code choice and code-switching, whether this code is a variety or a language. After an introduction and discussion of terminology, the chapter falls into two main parts. The first part examines structural constraints on classic code-switching; switching between different languages, when one of the languages is a variety of Arabic, and diglossic switching as a subcategory of code-switching. It discusses structural constraints on code-switching by examining different theories that can be applied to Arabic. It then provides a case study from the author's work on structural constraints on diglossic switching as part of code-switching. The second part explains the social motivations and discourse functions of switching in relation to Arabic. It covers classic code-switching and diglossic switching. This is followed by a case study of motivations for diglossic switching from the author's own work.

Keywords:   code choice, code-switching, Arabic, diglossic switching, structural constraints, social motivations

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