An alternative approach

Understanding diglossia/code switching through indexicality: the case of Egypt

Authored by: Reem Bassiouney

The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Linguistics

Print publication date:  January  2018
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138783331
eBook ISBN: 9781315147062
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This chapter aims to offer novel and detailed trajectories to understand diglossia. By analysing largely unexamined data and showing how they reflect language attitudes, I aim to offer a more systematic explanation of the indexes of different codes in the Arab world. While this study examines the associations of Standard Arabic (SA), Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA), and, to a lesser extent, foreign languages (especially English) in Egypt, the implications of this study can be applied to the whole Arab world.

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