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Syria's Arab Spring : language enrichment in the midst of revolution

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This paper analyzes linguistic transformations of the Arabic language that have been taking place since the start of the revolution in March 2011. Building on Basil Bernstein‟s sociolinguistic theory of language codes (2002), the paper starts by providing an analysis of the communication codes developed by several Syrian communities (in Damascus, Homs, and Hama) since the 1970s. In doing so, the paper argues that restricted codes were used by individuals across social classes and religious co...

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Peer reviewed
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, Oriental Studies
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Language and Society Publisher's website
Journal:
Language, Discourse and Society Journal website
Volume:
2
Issue:
2
Pages:
11-31
Publication date:
2013-01-01
ISSN:
2239-4192
URN:
uuid:b14829a4-ccfe-4b04-99ce-b629d0ec65dc
Source identifiers:
527308
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pubs:527308

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