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Language: Use by Women: Yemen
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Women in Yemen speak differently from men, or have done until very recently. They also use language differently, seizing opportunities of self-expression as a strategy for coping with restrictions in their lives.

Yemen is extremely diverse in dialects, with variants of Arabic (and older South Arabian languages) differing from region to region and even from village to village. Women tend to speak the most traditional forms of old dialects. Sometimes they use variants which men say they themselves would be ashamed to utter, as s…

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Maclagan, Ianthe Mary, “Language: Use by Women: Yemen”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0607h>
First published online: 2009

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