Applied Linguistics in the Middle East and North Africa

Current practices and future directions

Atta Gebril | The American University in Cairo
ISBN 9789027205339 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027265791 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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This volume offers a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of applied research efforts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This region has not received due attention in the literature and this publication provides a much-needed contribution to the existing body of knowledge. The editor recruited a number of renowned scholars who either work in the MENA countries or have experience doing research in this region to contribute to this project. The selection of chapters ensured representation of applied linguistics efforts in North Africa, the Levant, and the Gulf. The book looks into language research within social and educational MENA contexts. The final part of the book provides a forward-looking perspective about applied linguistics research and practices in the Middle East and North Africa. The book is primarily written for those interested in applied linguistics, particularly researchers, graduate students, and language professionals in the MNEA region.
[AILA Applied Linguistics Series, 15] 2017.  ix, 390 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Grounded in dynamic explorations of topics that have emerged in MENA societies and educational circles, Atta Gebril has put together a very timely and critical book. While the chapters present rich, local explorations, findings should be of interest to applied linguists in general. Authors report on a variety of investigations, including language use and interlanguaging on online social media interactions, linguistic resources employed to promote or suppress tolerant public discourse, as well as the impact of Arabic varieties and the prevalence of English on linguistic practices and educational attainment.”
“This is a very interesting volume. It includes a range of highly topical subjects of relevance to applied linguistics, from the language associated with the fall of Ben Ali in Tunisia, religion and language in Egypt and global English in the Gulf, to the linguistic rivalry between English and French in Lebanon and the current and future states of the Arabic language. It also addresses applied-linguistic topics of specific relevance to the Arab world: multilingual reading tasks, student teacher narratives in computer-mediated discourse, the Standardized Test of Arabic Proficiency in Speakers of Other Languages (STAPSOL), English language proficiency assessments for English-medium Arab universities, corpora in investigating Arabic lexis, Arabic Language Teacher Education, Arabic curriculum design, and applied linguistics research in the MENA countries. The wide range of topics will appeal to specialists not only in applied linguistics, but also Arabic sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and dialectology. I recommend this work.”
Applied Linguistics in the Middle East and North Africa is a most welcomed and timely addition to the research literature on language, society, culture, and identity in the Arab world. Its chapters treat significant aspects of the sociolinguistic diversity found in the region with regard to the topics of political discourse, religious identity, linguistic landscapes, the use of international languages other than Arabic, and, particularly, language in educational contexts. Representing a range of countries and methodologies, the volume builds judiciously on earlier research, documents the present, and looks toward the future of the many ways applied linguistics can deepen our understanding of a region of great political, cultural, and linguistic significance.”
“This is a recommended read for researchers working on the MENA region, and scholars of Sociolinguistics and Didactics more generally will find individual chapters worthy of reflection and discussions.”
“This edited volume illustrates the exciting and diverse research landscape of the region today and positions applied linguistics in and about MENA on the international stage. It makes a timely and important contribution to the field.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFB: Sociolinguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009050: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2017001380 | Marc record