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Arabic, Self and IdentityA Study in Conflict and Displacement$
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Yasir Suleiman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199747016

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199747016.001.0001

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Seven Fault Zones and Beyond

Seven Fault Zones and Beyond

Some Methodological Considerations

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(p.8) Chapter 2 Seven Fault Zones and Beyond
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Arabic, Self and Identity
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Yasir Suleiman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199747016.003.0002

This chapter provides a critique of some of the concepts, methods and approaches that are used in studying the Arabic language in the social world. The points chosen for discussion provide an overview of some of the major methodological and epistemological fault zones in Arabic sociolinguistics. The chapter argues the need for studying the Arabic language situation from a qualitative, symbolic and interdisciplinary perspective to yield insights whose value can extend beyond Arabic sociolinguistics to politics, anthropology, history and the politics of culture in the Middle East.

Keywords:   correlational linguistics, quantitative methods, qualitative methods, language symbolism, identity, Self, positionality

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