Seven Fault Zones and Beyond

Yasir Suleiman

in Arabic, Self and Identity

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199747016
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896905 | DOI:
Seven Fault Zones and Beyond

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This chapter provides a critique of some of the concepts, methods and approaches that are used in studying the Arabic language in the social world. The points chosen for discussion provide an overview of some of the major methodological and epistemological fault zones in Arabic sociolinguistics. The chapter argues the need for studying the Arabic language situation from a qualitative, symbolic and interdisciplinary perspective to yield insights whose value can extend beyond Arabic sociolinguistics to politics, anthropology, history and the politics of culture in the Middle East.

Keywords: correlational linguistics; quantitative methods; qualitative methods; language symbolism; identity; Self; positionality

Chapter.  16920 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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