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What kind of Arabic and why? Language in Egyptian blogs
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology.
2013 (English)In: Orientalia Suecana, ISSN 0078-6578, Vol. 61, no Supplement, 49-87 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article strives to set in motion comprehensive research on the ways in which Arabic is evolving in Arabic blogs and computer mediated communication (CMC). By combining media studies, sociolinguistics and literature it examines code choice, content and mode of representation in five top ranked Egyptian blogs. We distinguish between MSA, ECA and mixed varieties and establish that all three codes may be employed. We argue that bloggers make deliberate choices regarding code, and that code-switching in CMC may function as frames for familiarizing or officialdom. We conclude that bloggers with an activist agenda tend to use ECA and a mixed variety, and educational blogs tend to use MSA and a mixed variety. Both activist and educational bloggers may employ a Bakhtinian carnivalesque mode of representation.

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Uppsala, 2013. Vol. 61, no Supplement, 49-87 p.
Keyword [en]
Social media, sociolinguistics, codeswitching, Arabic blogs
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Semitic Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-203141OAI: diva2:635257
The Nature and Impact of the Arabic Blogosphere: What kind of Publics?
Swedish Research Council, 2009-33662-67586-25
Available from: 2013-07-03 Created: 2013-07-03 Last updated: 2016-02-16Bibliographically approved

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