Functions of Code Switching in Egypt

Evidence from Monologues


This book reassesses theoretical approaches to diglossia and code-switching in the light of empirical data from Egypt. The work is based on a corpus of monologues that includes political speeches, mosque sermons and university lectures.
Part one is a detailed analysis of the systems of negation, deixis, and mood marking in Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic, with an emphasis on the occurrence and frequency of composite structures in empirical data.
This analysis provides the basis for an extensive reassessment of theoretical approaches to code-switching in part two; this reappraisal in turn leads to a thorough analysis of the function of code switching in the Egyptian speech community, and of the factors which influence code choice, such as role of the speaker, audience, and subject matter.

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Biographical Note
Reem Bassiouney, DPhil (2002), Oxford University is Assistant Professor at the Department of Languages and Literature at the University of Utah. She contributed to the Encyclopaedia of Women in Islamic Cultures (EWIC), and has published a number of articles on code-switching in Arabic.
Sociolinguists, Arabists with an interest in diglossia and code-switching, and all those engaged in research into Arabic dialects.
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