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Colloquial
(2,456 words)

This entry focuses on the variety of Arabic that is used for familiar and informal conversation, which is the primary locus of speech uttered in specific social and situational contexts. Speech in its natural social context is the sine qua non for a thorough study of language as a social phenomenon because, as emphasized by Labov (1989:52) “language is not a property of the individual but of the speech community”. Language in this sense is redefined by sociolinguists as spoken language, speech discourse, the language used every day (L…

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Soha Abboud-Haggar, “Colloquial”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 13 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_0020>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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