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:

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This chapter discusses code choice and code-switching, whether this code is a variety or a language. After an introduction and discussion of terminology, the chapter falls into two main parts. The first part examines structural constraints on classic code-switching; switching between different languages, when one of the languages is a variety of Arabic, and diglossic switching as a subcategory of code-switching. It discusses structural constraints on code-switching by examining different theories that can be applied to Arabic. It then provides a case study from the author's work on structural constraints on diglossic switching as part of code-switching. The second part explains the social motivations and discourse functions of switching in relation to Arabic. It covers classic code-switching and diglossic switching. This is followed by a case study of motivations for diglossic switching from the author's own work.

Keywords: code choice; code-switching; Arabic; diglossic switching; structural constraints; social motivations

Chapter.  24369 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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