Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Is arabic diglossic?

Reem Salah


This study tries to explain diglossia as a phenomenon from a historic background and link this phenomenon to the case of Arabic. Arabic is seen by many linguists as a diglossic language with two irrelevant forms (spoken and written). The problem with Arabic is that the gap between spoken forms and FuSha (Standards Arabic), as described by many linguists, has been so wide that spoken Arabic forms or colloquial Arabic forms can sometimes be considered different languages. This paper attempts to analyse all forms of diglossia to see if Arabic diglossia is a unique form of diglossia, or that other languages can also be described as diglossic.

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