This book investigates issues of central importance in understanding the role of language in society in the Middle East and North Africa. In particular, it covers issues of collective identity and variation as they relate to Arabic, Berber, English, Persian and Turkish in the fields of gender, national affiliation, the debate over authenticity and modernity, language reforms and language legislation. In addition, the book investigates how some of these issues are realized in the diaspora at both the micro and macro levels.

chapter |9 pages


chapter 1|28 pages

Language and Political Conflict in the Middle East

A Study in Symbolic Sociolinguistics

chapter 4|23 pages

Hebrew and English Borrowings Inpalestinian Arabic in Israel:

A Sociolinguistic Study in Lexical Integration and Diffusion

chapter 5|18 pages

Pronouns and Self Presentation in Public Discourse

Yasser Arafat as a Case Study

chapter 6|15 pages

Language Choice, Language Policy and the Tradition-Modernity Debate in Culturally Mixed Postcolonial Communities

France and the ‘Francophone' Maghreb as a Case Study

chapter 7|17 pages

The Status of Berber

A Permanent Challenge to Language Policy in Morocco

chapter 9|15 pages

The Story of a Failed Attempt

1997 Draft Bill on the Correct use of Turkish Language

chapter 10|14 pages

Gender in a Genderless Language

The Case of Turkish

chapter 12|17 pages

Language and Diaspora

Arabs, Turks and Greeks

chapter 13|25 pages

Sociolinguistic Meaning in Code-Switching

The Case of Moroccans in Edinburgh

chapter 14|32 pages

The Arabic Proverb and the Speech Community

Another Look at Phatic Communion