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Arabic, Self and Displacement

Yasir Suleiman

in Arabic, Self and Identity

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199747016
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896905 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199747016.003.0004
Arabic, Self and Displacement

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The chapter investigates the language-Self link by examining a corpus of four texts authored by writers of Arab origin who spent most of their lives in exile or in the diaspora. In carrying out this task attention will be given to the interplay between language and Self, on the one hand, and the notions of displacement, trauma and globalization on the other. The chapter provides a fine-grain analysis of each of the chosen texts, focusing on how it conceptualises the language-Self link. This analysis will highlight those conceptualizations that are of direct link to displacement, trauma and globalization to emphasise the symbolic role of language in the social world. Second, a long conclusion will compare these texts against the background of the three operative notions in the preceding sentence.

Keywords: autobiography; conflict; trauma; displacement; globalisation

Chapter.  34575 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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