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Language and Gender
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1. Introduction

The Arabic fuṣḥā has two gender-linked characteristics: it is not a mother tongue, and it entertains a diglossic (diglossia) relationship with the dialectal Arabic mother tongues with which it co-exists. Both characteristics make of Arabic a typically ‘public’ language in an overall patriarchal context where ‘public’ denotes ‘male power’, as opposed to ‘privat…

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Fatima Sadiqi, “Language and Gender”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 20 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0083>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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