Speech Accommodation
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What kind of language do speakers of Arabic from geographically remote parts of the Arab world use when they meet? Which language do Moroccans use, for instance, when communicating with Egyptians, and why? These are commonly asked questions posed by non-Arabic speakers upon realizing how linguistically diverse the varieties of Arabic (or ‘dialects’) are. With the tremendous amount of linguistic variation not only across borders in the Arab world but also within the boundaries of the same country…

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Sonia Shi'ri, “Speech Accommodation”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 19 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_0127>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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