Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics

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The Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics Online comprehensively covers all aspects of Arabic languages and linguistics. It is interdisciplinary in scope and represents different schools and approaches in order to be as objective and versatile as possible. The Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics Online is cross-searchable and cross-referenced, and is equipped with a browsable index. All relevant fields in Arabic linguistics, both general and language specific are covered and the Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics Online includes topics from interdisciplinary fields, such as anthropology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and computer science.

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Author(s): Isaac A. Ogunbiyi
1. Yoruba and Islam The term ‘Yoruba’ identifies a people, as well as the language they speak. The Yoruba, with an estimated population of about 24,000,000 (Fagborun 1994:13), live mainly in Nigeria's southwestern states and in parts of the West African republics of Benin and Togo. They are made up of approximately 24 dialect groups, all of which are bound to one another by common traditions of origin (Johnson 1921:3–25). The use of the term ‘Yoruba’ to refer to both the language and the people gained currency in the early 1840s when Bishop Ajayi Crowther, the fir…
Date: 2018-04-01

Youth Speech

(2,687 words)

Author(s): Ahmad Taher Hassanein
Youth speech is no longer a fringe phenomenon in the Arab world. Rather, it is widespread and has gained momentum by acquiring a normative status through forming its own linguistic and sociolinguistic rules; this is evident in the ongoing documentation and classification of its lexicon, and the public attention paid to this language form. This entry provides examples from youth speech in Egypt (specifically from Cairo) and the Gulf States. 1. Youth language in Egypt In Egypt, the interest in this variety of speech has culminated in a two-volume dictionary first publish…
Date: 2018-04-01