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How is language utilized in Egyptian public discourse to light up the collective identification of Egyptians? How does this id relate to language shape and content material? those questions are explored during this booklet, utilizing a large number of info, together with newspaper articles, caricatures, blogs, patriotic songs, motion pictures, college textbooks, television talk-shows, poetry and novels. in addition to furthering our realizing of the connection among id and language normally, Language and identification in sleek Egypt also yields insights concerning the complicated ways that media and public discourse aid form and description id via linguistic procedures

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Language and identity in modern Egypt

How is language utilized in Egyptian public discourse to light up the collective id of Egyptians? How does this id relate to language shape and content material? those questions are explored during this ebook, utilizing a extensive choice of information, together with newspaper articles, caricatures, blogs, patriotic songs, movies, institution textbooks, television talk-shows, poetry and novels.

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That is to say, the book does not 30 ] Language and identity in modern Egypt assume prior knowledge of Arabic or linguistics. This will make the book accessible to a wider audience. Having said that, the book still maintains a rigorous theoretical approach to the topics discussed and data analyzed and will provide a modified framework of analysis, in which identity in public discourse is situated in a social–linguistic context. Thus, it will be of interest to sociolinguists specifically. It should also be of interest to researchers in fields ranging from Arabic studies, linguistics, anthropology, political science, history, psychology, media, and communication.

Because this book is more concerned with attitudes, ideologies, and 16 ] Language and identity in modern Egypt discourse strategies than describing the differences between Standard Arabic and Cairene Arabic as the prestigious variety, I will stick to the term Standard Arabic to include CA and MSA, since Egyptians do not make the distinction between both. I will also start with the assumption that Cairene Arabic, as spoken in some quarters of Cairo, is the prestigious variety used in Egypt. This is not to deny the real diversity of Egyptian society and linguistic practice.

The book will further our understanding of the interaction between identity and language in general and will explain the enormous role played by the media in highlighting specific aspects of identity and undermining others at different times and in different circumstances. The book aims to become a model for other studies in other parts of the Arab world and the world at large. Each collective identity is unique in its own way and each nation has its way of foregrounding its uniqueness. It is almost impossible for an outsider to realize and understand this subtle yet obvious relationship between language and identity within a specific community.

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