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Arabic linguistics encompasses a range of language forms and functions from formal to informal, classical to contemporary, written to spoken, all of which have vastly different research traditions. Recently however, the increasing prominence of new methodologies such as corpus linguistics and sociolinguistics have allowed Arabic linguistics to be studied from multiple perspectives, revealing key discoveries about the nature of Arabic-in-use and deeper knowledge of traditional fields of study. With contributions from internationally renowned experts on the language, this handbook provides a state-of-the-art overview of both traditional and modern topics in Arabic linguistics. Chapters are divided into six thematic areas: applied Arabic linguistics, variation and sociolinguistics, theoretical studies, computational and corpus linguistics, new media studies and Arabic linguistics in literature and translation. It is an essential resource for students and researchers wishing to explore the exciting and rapidly moving field of Arabic linguistics.


‘Edited by two distinguished scholars of Arabic, this Handbook is a welcome, critical introduction to one of the largest and most important languages of the world. It finds a balance between treating core linguistic matters - including theoretical and descriptive grammar, dialectology, sociolinguistics, and computational and corpus linguistics - and exploring emerging domains such as Arabic in the social media and Applied Linguistics. With its breadth and individual expertise, it promises to be a standard reference work for years to come.’

Jonathan Owens - Professor of Arabic Linguistics, Bayreuth University

‘The Cambridge Handbook of Arabic Linguistics hosts very important theoretical and empirical contributions to Arabic linguistics. … This volume is a valuable and thought-provoking companion, not only for students and academics who wish to engage in discussions about different subjects pertaining to Arabic linguistics, but also for all the Arabic language enthusiasts, as well as for teachers, writers, translators, and social media users.’

Myriam Dali Source: Brill’s Journal of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics

‘This Handbook heralds a new era in Arabic studies, one which marries tradition and modernity, and where an abundance of important research work is put forward and made available to all those who wish to engage in the ever-growing conversations in this fertile field.’

Myriam Dali Source: Brill’s Journal of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics

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