Edited by Amel Khalfaoui and Youssef A. Haddad
[Studies in Arabic Linguistics 8] 2019
► pp. 103–134
This paper problematizes current understandings of Arabic diglossia by demonstrating the ways in which it is clearly being reconfigured thanks to the linguistic practices of younger users of the language in the New Media. Analysis of social media data from two undergraduate students, native users of Arabic, illustrates the ways in which such practices are translingual; that is, users do not limit themselves to a single language, language variety, or script, but rather employ multiple resources, including nonlinguistic ones, that they assume will be understood by their addressee(s). These literate practices represent a clear break with traditional academic and lay understandings of diglossia, particularly with regard to the user-based conventionalization of writing dialectal Arabic.
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