Arabic and Gender

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:
Arabic and Gender

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This chapter gives an overview of the study of gender in the field of linguistics in relation to Arabic. Section 4.2 begins by outlining briefly approaches to gender studies from a linguistic perspective. Section 4.3 discusses gender in the Arab world in general terms, to enable readers who are not familiar with the Arab world to have a grasp of the diversity of Arab countries, and to enable them to appreciate the cultural differences that may also lead to different linguistic contexts between the Arab world and the western one. Section 4.4 discusses politeness in relation to women. Related to the concept of politeness are terms of address. Section 4.5 deals with terms of address, names, and status. Section 4.6 sheds light on women as narrators in control of language, with an emphasis on poetry. Section 4.7 investigates the role of gender in language variation and change. Section 4.8 presents a study of the projection of identity in the speech of men and women in Egypt in talk shows. Section 4.9 deals with the symbolic significance of language in relation to gender. The final section re-examines language universals in the light of data examined and observations.

Keywords: gender; linguistics; Arabic; politeness; women; narrators; poetry; language variation; speech; identity

Chapter.  29781 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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