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Introduction

Reem Bassiouney

in Arabic Sociolinguistics

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780748623730
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671373 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623730.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter begins by explaining what sociolinguistics is and why Arabic is important. It then sets out the purpose of the book, which is to provide an up-to-date account of major themes in Arabic sociolinguistics. It discusses 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. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: Arabic sociologuistics; diglossia; code-switching; gendered discourse; language variation; language change; language policies; Arabic; sociolinguistics

Chapter.  3701 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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