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Arabic Historical Dialectology: Linguistic and Sociolinguistic Approaches

ISBN : 9780198701378

Clive Holes
448 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Aug 2018
Oxford Studies in Diachronic and Historical Linguistics
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This book, by a group of leading international scholars, outlines the history of the spoken dialects of Arabic from the Arab Conquests of the seventh century up to the present day. It specifically investigates the evolution of Arabic as a spoken language, in contrast to the many existing studies that focus on written Classical or Modern Standard Arabic. The volume begins with a discursive introduction that deals with important issues in the general scholarly context, including the indigenous myth and probable reality of the history of Arabic; Arabic dialect geography and typology; types of internally and externally motivated linguistic change; social indexicalisation; and pidginization and creolization in Arabic-speaking communities. Most chapters then focus on developments in a specific region - Mauritania, the Maghreb, Egypt, the Levant, the Northern Fertile Crescent, the Gulf, and South Arabia - with one exploring Judaeo-Arabic, a group of varieties historically spread over a wider a


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About the contributors
1 Clive Holes: Introduction
2 Jordi Aguade: The Maghrebi dialects of Arabic
3 Peter Behnstedt and Manfred Woidich: The formation of the Egyptian Arabic dialect area
4 Ignacio Ferrando: The adnominal linker -an in Andalusi Arabic, with special reference to the poetry of Ibn Quzman
5 Clive Holes: The Arabic dialects of the Gulf: A sketch of their historical and sociolinguistic development
6 Geoffrey Khan: Judaeo-Arabic
7 Jerome Lentin: The Levant
8 Jonathan Owens: Dialects (speech communities), the apparent past, and grammaticalization: Towards an understanding of the history of Arabic
9 Stephan Prochaska: The Northern Fertile Crescent
10 Catherine Taine-Cheikh: Historical and typological approaches to Mauritanian and West Saharan Arabic
11 Janet Watson: South Arabian and Arabic dialects

About the author: 

Clive Holes was Professor for the Study of the Contemporary Arab World at the University of Oxford until 2014, and is now Emeritus Professorial Fellow at Magdalen College. Prior to coming to Oxford he held positions at the University of Salford and University of Cambridge. He has written extensively on the Arabic language, its dialectology, and sociolinguistics, including Dialect, Culture, and Society in Eastern Arabia (three volumes; Brill, 2001-2016), and Modern Arabic: Structures, Functions, and Varieties (Longman, 1995; revised edition Georgetown University Press, 2004).

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