Social status, language, and society in the Arab World

Authored by: Irene Theodoropoulou

The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Linguistics

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

Print ISBN: 9781138783331
eBook ISBN: 9781315147062
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315147062-21

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Abstract

Arabic has been claimed to be one of the richest languages in the world. The wealth of the language is evident not only in terms of its morphology and vocabulary but also, and perhaps more interestingly, for sociolinguists; it lies in its massive regiolectal ( Behnstedt and Woidich 2013 ) and sociolectal variation ( Albirini 2016; Al-Wer 2013; Bassiouney 2009 ; Suleiman 2013 ).

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