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Title: Linguistic variation in Khartoum Arabic : A sociolinguistic study
Author: Al-Tahir, H. A. M.
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 1986
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This thesis 1S a data-oriented sociolinguistic study of linguistic variation 1n the spoken variety of the Arabic-speaking speech community of Khartoum (capital of the Sudan). It sets out to investigate some salient phonological and morphological variables and their correlation with some social parameters. The reciprocal influences of the Classical and the Colloquial Arabic varieties are measured quantitatively in the data elicited through structured interviews from specific social groups whose members were randomly selected. Relation of norms of appropriateness' to actual linguistic behaviour is also investigated. Chapter One provides a brief account on the general characteristics of the linguistic situation in the country, a short review of the previous dialectological studies, the range and social evaluation of the major varieties of Arabic and a discussion of the theoretical problems involved in the distinction of context-specific varieties in Arabic. Chapter Two gives a brief survey of the major approaches to the study of linguistic variation and describes the theoretical framework of the study. Chapter Three discusses the methodological questions pertaining to data collection in the relevant area and describes the method followed in the study. Chapter Four presents the phonological variables and discusses their variants. Chapter Five deals with results and analysis of each phonological variable for each social group. Explanations are attempted as to the different patterning of variables in the linguistic behaviour of the different social groups. A small unquantified data on the 'feminine variety' is presented with reference to the lexical and supra-segmental features. Chapter Six discusses two grammatical features: the future tense marker and the demonstrative. Results and analysis of the study are presented with discussion. Chapter Seven provides a summary of the major types of variation in Sudanese Arabic with discussion of the main findings of the study and some of their methological and theoretical implications. These are then followed by appendices presenting questionnaires relevant to the study.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Sociology Sociology Human services Linguistics