Arabic Sociolinguistics: Topics in Diglossia, Gender, by Reem Bassiouney

By Reem Bassiouney

This advent to significant issues within the box of Arabic sociolinguistics examines key concerns in diglossia, code-switching, gendered discourse, language edition and alter, and language guidelines. It introduces and evaluates quite a few theoretical ways and versions, and it illustrates the usefulness and obstacles of those ways to Arabic with empirical information. Reem Bassiouney explores how present sociolinguistic theories might be utilized to Arabic and, conversely, what the research of Arabic can give a contribution to our figuring out of the functionality of language in society.Graduate scholars of Arabic language and linguistics in addition to scholars of sociolinguistics without wisdom of Arabic will locate this quantity to be an crucial source.

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Ferguson considered only to a very limited extent the fact that there can be switching between both varieties (Hand L) in the same stretch of discourse. Again, this is because he did not set out to reflect the realistic situation in Arab countries but rather to give an idealised picture of diglossia. A number of more recent studies have examined switching between H and L in Arabic, some of which will be mentioned in Chapter 2. Furthermore, Ferguson did not really discuss the sociolinguistic significance of the competing varieties.

The examples make one wonder about the differences between different languages and different varieties and whether terms like 'language' and 'variety' are not political terms rather than linguistic ones. In this section I wanted to give examples of the different groups of varieties in the Arab world. The question of whether people switch between their variety and MSA will be dealt with in more detail in the next chapter. 3 CONCLUSION To conclude I would like to clarify that, first, Arabs perceive all the varieties discussed above as 'Arabic' Second, all the varieties above came from countries in which' Arabic', meaning SA is the sole official language.

I factors (2001: 145). S among all tM diahcu 1hat dif&nntiate tMm from MSA and CA. 1Ms:e s:imilarities have led to a~at deal d speculati:lnabout tM emergence

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