Language and Identity in Modern Egypt

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How is language used in Egyptian public discourse to illuminate the collective identity of Egyptians? How does this identity relate to language form and content? These questions are explored in this book, using a broad selection of data, including newspaper articles, caricatures, blogs, patriotic songs, films, school textbooks, TV talk-shows, poetry and novels. As well as furthering our understanding of the relationship between identity and language in general, Language and Identity in Modern Egypt also yields insights about the intricate ways in which media and public discourse help shape and outline identity through linguistic processes.

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Reem Bassiouney (DPhil, Oxon.) is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Applied Linguistics at the American University in Cairo. Her academic books include, Functions of Code-Switching in Egypt (2006), Arabic Sociolinguistics (2008), Arabic and the Media (2010), Arabic Language and Linguistics (2012 co-ed). Her research and publications focus on topics in Arabic sociolingusitics, including code-switching, language and gender, leveling, register, language policy, and discourse analysis. She is also an award winning novelist.

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"This is a timely book by a knowledgeable scholar who has a deep and sophisticated appreciation of the complexities of language and identity in Egypt." - Abbas Benmamoun, University of Illinois


"This study provides an interesting insight into the link between identity and language in a barely investigated diglossic context, combining sociolinguistics and discourse analysis." -- Carmen Ebner, Language In Society


"Bassiouney's good command of both Arabic and English, sophisticated understanding of sociolinguistics, deep insight into the linguistic subtleties and discursive nuances of the data analyzed, and sound theoretical proposals presented render this book an indispensable reference to any researcher interested in the ways in which language plays a role in constructing national identity particularly in linguistically complex environments." -- Multilingua


"[Reem Bassiouney's] work tackles exciting and complex issues through the analysis of a rich and diverse corpus. There are few books that put on the same level of analysis of popular songs, TV shows, newspaper articles, novels, and political speeches...This book will certainly remain one of the important references in the field of studies of linguistic ideologies in the Arab world." -- Catherine Miller, Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée


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