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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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General Conclusion

General Conclusion

(p.273) General Conclusion
Arabic Sociolinguistics

Reem Bassiouney

Edinburgh University Press

This presents some concluding thoughts from the author. It identifies two facts that render Arabic inclusive in many respects. The first is the non-distinction between Classic Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic, and the colloquials by the mass of native speakers who may think they speak Arabic, perhaps bad Arabic, but still perceived by many as a corrupted version of the same language as that of the Qur'an. An aggregate picture of Arabic is prevalent. The second fact that this book has tried to capture is the diversity of the Arab world, whether religious, historical, political, ethnic, social, or economic. This diversity in itself renders Arabic an inclusive, common component of different communities. Tribes, religious groups, upheavals, rapid urbanisation, wars, civil wars, social and political changes, dislocation of large groups, ethnic minorities, varied ethno-geographic, and historical backgrounds are all characteristics of the Arab world that are reflected directly or indirectly through language.

Keywords:   Modern Standard Arabic, Classical Arabic, Arabic, language, Arab world, Qur'an

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