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Title: Arabic As a Minority Language
Edited By: Jonathan Owens
Description:

The present book will be the first to center on the status of Arabic as a minority language. In the first instance it will focus attention on the existence of many varieties of Arabic outside of the Arabic world. It will further contribute to the growing literature on minority languages, placing a special emphasis on the relationship between minority status and language form.

Contents:
Introduction, Jonathan Owens
Historical Perspectives
The Arabic Language Among the Mozarabs of Toledo during the 12th and 13th Centuries, Ignacio Ferrando
Arabic as a Tool for Expressing Jewish and Romani Ethnic Identity. A Prolegomena to a Typology of Arabic in Non-Arabic Communities, Paul Wexler
The Arabic Linguistic and Cultural Tradition in Daghestan: an Historical Overview, Anna Zelkina
Arabic Ethnic Minorities
Modelling Intrasentential Codeswitching: a Comparative Study of Algerian/French in Algeria and Moroccan/Dutch in the Netherlands, Louis Boumans and Dominique Caubet
The Arabic Speech of Bactria (Afghanistan), Charles Kieffer
Arabic as a Minority Language in Israel, Rafael Talmon
Making a Fish of a Friend. Waris: the Secret Language of Arab Koranic School Students in Borno, Jonathan Owens and Jidda Hassan Loanwords in Nigerian Arabic: a uantitative Approach, Jonathan Owens Cross-Ethnic and Non-Arab Perspectives The Arabic Dialects in the Turkish Province of Hatay and the Aramaic Dialects in the Syrian Mountains of alamun: Two Minority Languages Compared, Werner Arnold
Loanwords in Algerian Berber, Fadila Brahimi
Moroccan: a Language in Emergence, Utz Maas
Language Legitimization: Arabic in Multiethnic Contexts, Fadila Brahimi and Jonathan Owens
Index of languages and varieties of Arabic
Index of places
Index of subjects
List of maps
Map 1 - Arabic ethnic minorities
Map 2 - Case Studies in the current collection
Map 3 - Approximate ethno-linguistic composition of the northeastern Caucasus c. 1830
Map 4 - Arabic in northeast Nigeria and environs
Map 5 - Three Maiduguri neighborhoods
Map 6 - Languages of the alamun
Map 7 - The Arabic-speaking minorities in the province of Hatay

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110165783
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 472 p
Prices: US$ 155.00