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Arabic Sociolinguistics

Reem Bassiouney


The first introduction to the field of Arabic sociolinguistics, this book discusses major trends in research on diglossia, code-switching, gendered discourse, language variation and change, and language policies in relation to Arabic. In doing so, it introduces and evaluates the various theoretical approaches, and illustrates the usefulness and the limitations of these approaches with empirical data. The book shows how sociolinguistic theories can be applied to Arabic and, conversely, what the study of Arabic can contribute to our understanding of the function of language in society.

Keywords: Arabic sociolinguistics, diglossia, code-switching, gendered discourse, language variation, language change, language policies, Arabic, sociolinguistic theories

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780748623730
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623730.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Reem Bassiouney, author