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Social integration and dialect divergence in coastal Palestine

Cotter, WM and Horesh, U (2015) 'Social integration and dialect divergence in coastal Palestine.' Journal of Sociolinguistics, 19 (4). 460 - 483. ISSN 1360-6441

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Abstract

© 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. The history of Palestine has caused communities to be displaced and relocated, entailing that speech communities have been dismantled and created anew. The coastal cities of Jaffa and Gaza exemplify this reality. This study analyzes speakers from Jaffa, some of whom remained there and others residing in Gaza as refugees. Through an examination of three variables, ({glottal stop, reversed}), (AH), and (Q), we shed light on the effects of dialect contact while highlighting the link between dialect contact and identity formation and maintenance. All three variables are found to be in varied states of change as a result of contact with other varieties of Arabic, as well as with Modern Hebrew. We conclude that (Q), through its high social salience, works to create and maintain a sense of community identity for Jaffan refugees in Gaza at a time when the speech of the larger Jaffa community is undergoing substantial linguistic change.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
P Language and Literature > PJ Semitic
Depositing User: Uri Horesh
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2016 12:10
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2019 22:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17705

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