Arabic in the City (Routledge Arabic Linguistics) by Catherine Miller, Enam Al-Wer, Dominique Caubet, Janet C.E.

By Catherine Miller, Enam Al-Wer, Dominique Caubet, Janet C.E. Watson

Filling a niche within the literature presently on hand at the subject, this edited assortment is the 1st exam of the interaction among urbanization, language edition and language switch in fifteen significant Arab towns. The Arab global offers very differing types and levels of urbanization, from good validated outdated capital-cities reminiscent of Cairo to new rising capital-cities similar to Amman or Nouakchott, those in flip embedded in several kinds of nationwide development. it really is those city settings which elevate questions in regards to the dynamics of homogenization/differentiation and the approaches of standardization as a result of the coexistence of competing linguistic types. subject matters investigated contain: background of payment The linguistic influence of migration The emergence of recent city vernaculars Dialect convergence and divergence Code-switching, adolescence language and new city tradition Arabic within the Diaspora Arabic between non-Arab teams. Containing a vast collection of case experiences from around the Arab global and that includes contributions from best city sociolinguistics and dialectologists, this e-book offers a clean method of our figuring out of the interplay among language, society and area. As such, the publication will attract the linguist in addition to to the social scientist in most cases.

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The current focus on contextual and stylistic variation will certainly help provide a better understanding of the process of social interaction and power negotiation between the various groups. For the time being, it appears that the use of a common public variety which reflects adhesion to a common urban identity is far from being attested in all the cities surveyed. An important question is the potential role of these urban vernaculars as regional/national standards and their relationship with MSA.

While urban Palestinian features tended to dominate in the first decades, the rural/bedouin Jordanian features became progressively associated with political influence and a Jordanian identity. Therefore urban Palestinian men also tend now to use some Jordanian dialect features in public. Her study examines the realization of a number of phonological and morpho-phonological features by a group of speakers (from Palestinian and Jordanian origin) living in western Amman and describes the gradual changes that occurred over three generations.

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