The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Sociolinguistics comprises 22 chapters encompassing various aspects in the study of Arabic dialects within their sociolinguistic context.

This is a novel volume, which not only includes the traditional topics in variationist sociolinguistics, but also links the sociolinguistic enterprise to the history of Arabic and to applications of sociolinguistics beyond the theoretical treatment of variation. Newly formed trends, with an eye to future research, form the backbone of this volume.

With contributions from an international pool of researchers, this volume will be of interest to scholars and students of Arabic sociolinguistics, as well as to linguists interested in a concise, rounded view of the field.

chapter 1|11 pages

Arabic sociolinguistics

Principles and epistemology

part I|31 pages

Historical aspects

part II|103 pages

Dimensions of variation

chapter 4|16 pages

Regional variation

chapter 5|18 pages

Confessional varieties

chapter 6|12 pages

Style and sociolinguistics

chapter 7|13 pages

Traditional dialects

chapter 9|17 pages

Peripheral varieties

part III|52 pages

Levels of analysis

chapter 12|16 pages

Prosodic variation

chapter 13|46 pages

Syntactic variation

part IV|39 pages

Aspects of sociolinguistics in the Maghreb

chapter 15|13 pages

Morphosyntactic variation

Focus on Maltese and other western varieties

chapter 16|13 pages

Diglossia and the normalization of the vernacular

Focus on Tunisia

part V|7 pages

Language and ideology

chapter 18|16 pages

Ideologies in language contact situations

The case of Arabic–Hebrew in Palestine *