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By Nathalie Mazraani

This socio-linguistic research throws new mild on version and the defining of sign up in Arabic political discourse. The study is predicated on 3 dialects (Egyptian, Iraqi and Libyan) and on political speeches introduced by means of Gamal Abdunnasir, Saddam Hussein and Muammar Al Gadhdhafi.

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Ultimately we will refer to the MSA, the dialectal and the "shared" sets of vocabulary. 1 MSA MSA, the descendant of medieval Classical Arabic (fusha), is respected as such since it is a modern continuation of the language of the Quran, the vast literary heritage and the legal system. It is generally considered by Arabs "beautiful" and unquestionably superior to the different dialects: studies 1 have shown in a matched guise test that speakers of literary Arabic are highly valued in terms of "intelligence, likeability, religiousness and leadership" compared to those speakers of dialectal Arabic.

Gumperz 1968 quoted in Giglioli 1972: 219. Gumperz 1958: 25. Labov 1972b: 237. Blom and Gumperz 1971: 433; Bakir 1986: 5. Gumperz 1958: 29. Bakir 1986. Al Khatib 1995; see also Abu Haidar's article (1991) and Benrabah (1994). 10 Milroy 1976. 11 Milroy 1980. 12 Gal 1979: 131-51. 13 Chambers and Trudgill 1980: 171. 14 Labov 1966. 15 Holes 1983a. 16 Trudgill 1974. 17 among them Palva 1969, Ingham 1973,1976, Holes 1983a, b, Abu Haidar 1988. 18 Ingham 1976. 19 Gumperz 1958: 27. 20 Ingham 1976: 65-6.

El Hassan 1977. El Hassan 1977: 120-5. Cowan 1968; Bishai 1966; Cadora 1965. Mahmoud 1986: 245. see El Hassan 1977: 115; Mahmoud 1986: 246; Abd el Jawad 1986:24; Holes 1993. Fellman 1973. Blanc 1964. Abu Haidar 1988. see note 60 above. Badawi 1973. Badawi 1973: 89. Badawi 1973: 93. Badawi 1973: 92. El Hassan 1977: 126. El Hassan 1978. El Hassan 1978: 36. The sociolinguistic framework 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 27 El Hassan 1978: 42.

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