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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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Language variation and change

Language variation and change

(p.88) Chapter 3 Language variation and change
Arabic Sociolinguistics

Reem Bassiouney

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter highlights three crucial theories in examining language variation: the social class theory, the social networks theory, and the third wave approach to variation studies. It first sheds light on methods used in quantitative variation research and problems related to them. Then it concentrates on specific variables that trigger language variation and change, followed by a discussion of diglossia and levelling.

Keywords:   language variation, social class theory, social networks theory, third wave approach, diglossia, levelling

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