This volume is the first of its kind to deal with a variety of topics by leading
scholars related to the use of Arabic in the media. The contributors examine
patterns of language use in traditional as well as 'new' media types, in order to
further our understanding of the mechanism at work in the development of
modern Arabic, both in its standard and colloquial varieties.
The first part of this volume is devoted to a close analysis of various aspects of
media Arabic (code-switching, language variation, orthography and constructions
of identity); the second part builds on the first, as it asks, to what extent does
the Arabic used in the media reflect social and linguistic realities of Arabic
speaking audiences ('clichéd' dialects, code-switching and socialects)? How can
our knowledge of the linguistic reality of the media in the Arab world contribute to
teaching the media to foreign students learning Arabic?