Publication details [#54741]

Hamam, Marco. 2011. Text vs. comment: Some examples of the rhetorical value of the diglossic code-switching in Arabic – a Gumperzian approach. Pragmatics 21 (1) : 41–67.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
International Pragmatics Association
Journal DOI


This study tries to demonstrate, via a range of examples drawn from an Aljazeera episode, how the juxtaposition of standard Arabic and colloquial Arabic and thus the diglossic code-switching in the Arabic spoken language, can constitute a vehicle for messages that carry rhetorical / metaphorical values.