Ideologies in language contact situations

The case of Arabic–Hebrew in Palestine *

Authored by: Nancy Hawker

The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Sociolinguistics

Print publication date:  June  2019
Online publication date:  June  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138853966
eBook ISBN: 9781315722450
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The chapter “Ideologies in language contact situations” provides an overview of the literature pertaining to Arabic-Hebrew contact since the rise of Zionism in the area of historical Palestine until the present day. The argument that language contact is both experienced common-sensically, and produced, through political ideologies, frames the presentation of the evidence, which is organised according to general ideological tendencies relating to socio-political and historical contexts. These tendencies are: Zionism, Securitism, Resilience, Palestinian nationalism, Consumerism and Sexism. They are viewed as structural to, but not deterministic of, social practices, including linguistic practices of contact. The deconstructionist and critical method is demonstrated on the borrowed and re-borrowed term ḥabībī (Arabic for “my darling”), amongst other examples.

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