Much of the insight in the field of Arabic linguistics has for a long time remained unknown to linguists outside the field. Regrettably, Arabic data rarely feature in the formulation of theories and analytical tools in modern linguistics. This situation is unfavourable to both sides. The Arabist, once an outrider, has almost become a non-member of the mainstream linguistics community. Consequently, linguistics itself has been deprived of a wealth of data from one of the world's major languages. However, it is reassuring to witness advances being made to integrate into mainstream linguistics the visions and debates of specialists in Arabic. Building on this fruitful endeavour, this book presents thought-provoking, new articles, especially written for this collection by leading scholars from both sides. The authors discuss topics in historical, social and spatial dialectology focusing on Arabic data investigated within modern analytical frameworks.
Enam Al-Wer, Ph.D. (1991) in Linguistics, University of Essex, is a lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Essex. She has published widely on issues in sociolinguistics and dialect contact. She is the author of
Understanding Sociolinguistics (forthcoming, Arnold, 2008) and co-authored
Arabic in the City (Curzon Routledge, 2008)
Rudolf de Jong, Ph.D. (1999), University of Amsterdam, is a researcher of Arabic dialects. He has published on several Arabic dialects, including
A Grammar of the Bedouin Dialects of the Northern Sinai Littoral. Bridging the Linguistic Gap between the Eastern and Western Arab World (Brill, 2000).
Lecturers, researchers and students of linguistics, Arabic linguistics, sociolinguistics, language contact, dialect contact, dialectology, Arabic dialectology and Arabic sociolinguistics.