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Autores/as: Høigilt, Jacob; Mejdell, Gunvor, eds.
Título: The Politics of Written Language in the Arab World
Subtítulo: Writing Change
Año de publicación: 2017
Lugar de edición: Leiden / Boston
Editorial: Brill Online Books and Journals

The Politics of Written Language in the Arab World connects the fascinating field of contemporary written Arabic with the central sociolinguistic notions of language ideology and diglossia. Focusing on Egypt and Morocco, the authors combine large-scale survey data on language attitudes with in-depth analyses of actual language usage and explicit (and implicit) language ideology. They show that writing practices as well as language attitudes in Egypt and Morocco are far more receptive to vernacular forms than has been assumed.

The individual chapters cover a wide variety of media, from books and magazines to blogs and Tweets. A central theme running through the contributions is the social and political function of “doing informality” in a changing public sphere steadily more permeated by written Arabic in a number of media.

- The e-book version of this publication is available in Open Access:

- Edited by Jacob Høigilt (Peace Research Institute Oslo) and Gunvor Mejdell (University of Oslo)

- More information:

Temática: Otras especialidades, Pragmática, Sociolingüística, Variedades del español


List of Contributors

Jacob Høigilt and Gunvor Mejdell

1 A Language for the People? Quantitative Indicators of Written dārija and ʿāmmiyya in Cairo and Rabat
Kristian Takvam Kindt and Tewodros Aragie Kebede

2 Diglossia as Ideology
Kristen Brustad

3 Changing Norms, Concepts and Practices of Written Arabic. A ‘Long Distance’ Perspective
Gunvor Mejdell

4 Contemporary dārija Writings in Morocco. Ideology and Practices
Catherine Miller

5 Morocco: An Informal Passage to Literacy in dārija (Moroccan Arabic)
Dominique Caubet

6 Adab sākhir (Satirical Literature) and the Use of Egyptian Vernacular
Eva Marie Håland

7 Dialect with an Attitude. Language and Criticism in New Egyptian Print Media
Jacob Høigilt

8 Writing Oral and Literary Culture. The Case of the Contemporary Moroccan zajal
Alexander Elinson

9 The Politics of Pro-ʿāmmiyya Language Ideology in Egypt
Mariam Aboelezz

10 Moralizing Stances. Discursive Play and Ideologies of Language and Gender in Moroccan Digital Discourse
Atiqa Hachimi

11 The Language of Online Activism. A Case from Kuwait
Jon Nordenson

12 The Oralization of Writing. Argumentation, Profanity and Literacy in Cyberspace
Emad Abdul Latif


Colección: Studies in Semitic Languages and Linguistics, 90
Págs.: 319
ISBN-13: 9789004346178

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