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Luġa wusṭā
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The communicative tensions which arise in the diglossia situation may be resolved by the use of relatively uncodified, unstable, intermediate forms of the language (Arabic: al-luġa al-wusṭā) and repeated borrowing of vocabulary items from H to L” (Ferguson 1959:332).

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Gunvor Mejdell, “Luġa wusṭā”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 15 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_000004>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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