Language and Society in the Middle East and North Africa

Language and Society in the Middle East and North Africa

By: Yasir Suleiman (editor)Hardback

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This book investigates issues of central importance in understanding the role of language in society in the Middle East and North Africa. In particular, it covers issues of collective identity and variation as they relate to Arabic, Berber, English, Persian and Turkish in the fields of gender, national affiliation, the debate over authenticity and modernity, language reforms and language legislation. In addition, the book investigates how some of these issues are realized in the diaspora at both the micro and macro levels.

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Language and political conflict in the Middle East - a study in symbolic sociolinguistics, Yasir Suleiman; why do different variables behave differently? - data from Arabic, Enam Al-Wer; sociolinguistic reflexes of socio-political patterns in Bethlehem - preliminary studies, Muhammad Mara, Bernard Spolsky and Hanna Tushyeh; Hebrew and English borrowings in Palestinian Arabic in Israel - a sociolinguistic study in lexical integration and diffusion, Muhammad Hasan Amara; pronouns and self presentation in public discourse - Yasser Arafat as case study, Camelia Suleiman; language choice, language policy and the tradition-modernity debate in culturally mixed postcolonial communities - France and the "francophone" Maghreb as a case study, Said Faiq; comparative perspectives on language planning in Iran and Tajikistan, John R. Perry; the story of a failed attempt - 1997 draft bill on the correct use of Turkish language, Cigdem Balim-Harding; gender in a genderless language - the case of Turkish, Friederike Braun; the sociolinguistic connotations of /p/ and /v/ in Cairo Arabic, Raghda El-Essawi; language and diaspora - Arabs, Turks, and Greeks, Jacob M. Landau; sociolinguistic meaning in code-switching - the case of Morrocans in Edinburgh, Alison Wernberg-Moeller, the Arabic proverb and the speech community - another look at phatic communion, Ibrahim Muhawi.

Product Details

  • publication date: 17/09/1999
  • ISBN13: 9780700710782
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9780700710782
  • weight: 498
  • ISBN10: 0700710787

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