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Arabic, Self and IdentityA Study in Conflict and Displacement$
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Yasir Suleiman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199747016

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199747016.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
Arabic, Self and Identity

Yasir Suleiman

Oxford University Press

The chapter sets out the scope of the book and outlines its methodological orientation. It argues that studying language in the social world from a symbolic and quantitative perspective places it at the crossroad of many disciplines and fields of study. This duality of perspectives is used to highlight the political nature of language in society at times of conflict at the individual, Self, and group level. The chapter further argues for expanding the kind of data used in sociolinguistic research on Arabic to include autoethnography, autobiography, semi-autobiography, literary production and web-based materials.

Keywords:   language symbolism, quantitative methodology, conflict, Self, multi-perspective approach

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