- The Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics
- The Oxford Handbook of Arabic Linguistics
- Transcription and Transliteration Equivalences
- A House of Sound Structure, of Marvelous form and Proportion: An Introduction
- Arabic Folk Linguistics: Between Mother Tongue and Native Language
- Arabic Linguistic Tradition I: Naḥw and ṣarf
- Arabic Linguistic Tradition II: Pragmatics
- Codeswitching and Related Issues Involving Arabic
- Arabic Dialectology
- Issues in Arabic Computational Linguistics
- Modern Lexicography
- Orality, Culture, And Language
- Pidgins and Creoles
- Second-Language Acquisition
- The Arabic Literary Language: <i>The Nahḍa (and beyond)</i>
- The Arabic Writing System
- The Classical Arabic Lexicographical Tradition
- The Philological Approach to Arabic Grammar
- The Syntax of Arabic From A Generative Perspective
- What Is Arabic?
- Index of Names
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article addresses some long-standing issues in Arabic sociolinguistics. The starting point is the concept of diglossia, which has become the port of entry for any discussion of the semiliquid language situation in the Arabic-speaking world. It first outlines the most abiding criticisms against diglossia and then offers thoughts on these as a prelude to discussing Arabic folk linguistics. It is argued that a folk linguistic perspective should be incorporated in studying Arabic in the social world. This perspective is important in developing an insider understanding of the language that may be at odds with the findings of modern linguistics. To aid the process of developing this perspective, the article adopts the terminology and conceptual frameworks Arabic speakers use in describing their language situation wherever possible—hence, the choice of fusha and ‘ammiyya instead of any of their translations into English, including Classical Arabic and vernacular, which Haeri uses.
Professor Yasir Suleiman is His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Sa'id Professor of Modern Arabic Studies and a Fellow of King's College.
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