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Bassiouney: Language and Identity in Modern Egypt

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Language Identity EgyptBassiouney, Reem: Language and Identity in Modern Egypt. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2014. 416 pp.

The book examines language and identity in modern Egypt using theories from discourse analysis and sociolinguistics. How is language used in Egyptian public discourse to illuminate the collective identity of Egyptians? How does this identity relate to language form and content?

Reem Bassiouney explores these questions by drawing on sources including newspaper articles, caricatures, blogs, patriotic songs, films, school textbooks, TV talk-shows, poetry and novels. As well as furthering our understanding of the relationship between identity and language, this book yields insights about the intricate ways in which media and public discourse help shape and outline identity through linguistic processes.

 Key Features

  • Offers an in-depth study of identity in modern Egyptian public discourse
  • Focuses on nationalist discourse before, during and after the Egyptian revolution of 2011
  • Based on a broad, and representative selection of data
  • Helps us to decode and understand the messages put forward by the competing factions in Egyptian politics

Reem Bassiouney (DPhil, Oxon.) is Associate Professor of Linguistics at The American University of Cairo. Her academic books include, Functions of Code-Switching in Egypt (2006), Arabic Sociolinguistics (2008), Arabic and the Media (2010), Arabic Language and Linguistics (2012, co-ed).

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