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Beyond Lexical Variation in Modern Standard Arabic

Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco

Author(s): Zeinab Ibrahim
Contributors: Zeinab Ibrahim, Zeinab Ibrahim;

Book Description

Beyond Lexical Variation in Modern Standard Arabic presents several aspects concerning Modern Standard Arabic. It analyzes the different forms of lexical variation, and the causes for these variations. This starting point led to many other vital issues related to the present state of the Arabic Language such as language planning, native speakers' identity and fears and most importantly the relationship between the different Arabic varieties: Classical, Modern Standard, and dialects. The book analyzes lexical variation comprehensively and provides deep insights on the present state of the language with some speculations on its future.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-0342-7
ISBN-10: 1-4438-0342-1
Date of Publication: 01/04/2009
Pages / Size: 260 / A5
Price: £39.99


Zeinab Ibrahim is a sociolinguist specialized in Arabic sociolinguistics. She received her PhD from Georgetown University, and taught Arabic as a foreign language for many years. Her publications are mainly researches in the field of Arabic sociolinguistics. In her article “Borrowing in Modern Standard Arabic” she researched the phenomenon over twenty years in Egyptian newspapers; her article "Polysemy in the Arabic Dialects" is among the few publications investigating this aspect. “Figurative Language in the Speech Patterns of Egyptians and Americans” investigated a very important aspect in speech patterns. Most of her publications are pioneer works in these areas. In addition to several edited books, she had researched the concept of 'Heritage students of Arabic" in addition to code switching in Egyptian newspapers.