International Journal of Language and Linguistics

Special Issue

New Trends in Arabic Sociolinguistics

  • Submission Deadline: 28 February 2018
  • Status: Submission Closed
  • Lead Guest Editor: Ouahmiche Ghania
About This Special Issue
This special issue is concerned with topics in Arabic Sociolinguistics and focuses particularly on language variation and change, Diglossia, Code-Switching, language contact and language policies. It discusses and opens debates around the various new approaches, models and frameworks applied to different settings relevant to the study of many aspects of the Arabic language. This particular issue provides insghts into the understanding of sociolinguistic phenomena associated to the varieties, dialects, styles and registers of Arabic with empirical evidence from qualitative and quantitative perspectives.

The scopes of this issue includes, but not limited to, these topic areas : ecolinguistics, contact linguistics, and language policies. Researchers interested in the following topics are warmly invited to submit their papers.

Aims and Scope:

Ecolinguistic Structures and Langage Contact in Arabic
Arabic Dialects and Ecolinguistic Variation
Diglossia, Linguistic Variation and Code-Switching in Arabic
Current Perspectives on Arabic Diglossia
Arabic Language in Contact with other Languages : Berber, Spanish, French and English
The process of Arabization and Language Policy in The Arab World
Levelling and Language change in Arabic
Sociolinguistic Variation, Attitudes and Identity Construction in relevance to Arabic
Phonetic/Phonological Perspectives on Arabic
Minority Languages, Attitudes and Identity Negociation in the Arab World
Language Contact and Lexical Enrichment in Arabic
Arabic Language in the School : debates, methods and issues
Arabic Language in the media : Perspectives and Prospects
Arabic Diglossia and its Implications on Language Learning
Arabic Language in the Diaspora
Arabic as a Foreign Language : Perceptions, Attitudes and Implications
Language use and communities of practice in Arab speaking countries
Borrowing, Code-Switching, Code-Mixing and Social Networks in Arab speaking countries
Lead Guest Editor
  • Ouahmiche Ghania

    Department of Human Sciences and Islamic Civilisation, University of Oran, Oran, Algeria

Guest Editors
  • Montasser Mahmoud

    English Language Department, College of Languages and Translation, Al-Imam University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  • Jihan Zayed

    English Department, Humanities and Administration College, Qassim Private Colleges, Buraidah, Saudi Arabia

  • Bachir Bouhania

    Department of English, University of Adrar, Adrar, Algeria

  • Dendane Zoubir

    Faculty of Letters and Foreign Languages, Department of English, University of Tlemcen, Tlemcen, Algeria

  • Benmoussat Smail

    Faculty of Letters and Foreign Languages, University of Tlemcen, Tlemcen, Algeria

  • Moulfi Leila

    Faculty of Foreign Languages, University of Oran, Oran, Algeria

  • Boukreris Louafia

    Department of English, University of Oran, Oran, Algeria

  • Jihad Hamdan

    Department of English, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan

  • Teguh Budiharso

    Center of Language and Culture Studies, Surakarta, Indonesia

  • Solomia Fedushko

    Lviv Polytechnic National University, Lviv, Ukraine

Published Articles
  • Beni Snous Speakers’ Linguistic Accommodation in an Urban Contact Context

    Fatma Kherbache

    Issue: Volume 5, Issue 3-1, June 2017
    Pages: 58-66
    Received: 21 December 2017
    Accepted: 2 January 2018
    Published: 22 March 2018
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijll.s.2017050301.18
    Abstract: Within a rural-urban contact context, the present paper investigates linguistic accommodation of rural speakers (originally from Beni Snous valley, south-west of Tlemcen-Algeria) being in frequent and regular contact with urban speakers in the neighbouring city of Tlemcen. Gender marker is the selected linguistic variable which is used to address a... Show More
  • Socio-Pragmatic Functions of Algerian Arabic/French Code-Switching: The Case of Tlemcen Speech Community

    Amina Benguedda

    Issue: Volume 5, Issue 3-1, June 2017
    Pages: 51-57
    Received: 27 July 2017
    Accepted: 14 August 2017
    Published: 10 January 2018
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijll.s.2017050301.17
    Abstract: This work is a micro-sociolinguistic investigation of Code-switching (hereinafter, CS) in an Algerian context. It attempts to point out the socio-pragmatic functions of Algerian Arabic/French CS among adult bilinguals in Tlemcen speech community. The present investigation aims at showing the different instances of CS that occur in distinct settings... Show More
  • Implementing a New Testing System in the Algerian Secondary Schools: A Washback Study

    Hoadjli Ahmed Chaouki

    Issue: Volume 5, Issue 3-1, June 2017
    Pages: 44-50
    Received: 10 June 2017
    Accepted: 6 July 2017
    Published: 2 August 2017
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijll.s.2017050301.16
    Abstract: This study explored the issue of evaluation in general and language testing in particular in the Algerian educational system. In precise terms, the present research investigated how a particular type of language tests, achievement tests, should be designed and developed in order to make them fit their intended purposes. This aimed to provide EFL te... Show More
  • Social Network Sites and Arabic Diglossia Between Threatening Modern Standard Arabic and Strengthening Colloquial Arabic

    Ahlem Chelghoum

    Issue: Volume 5, Issue 3-1, June 2017
    Pages: 36-43
    Received: 6 March 2017
    Accepted: 18 March 2017
    Published: 15 April 2017
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijll.s.2017050301.15
    Abstract: The present research paper aims to examine the effects of social network sites on Arabic. It tries to shed some light on one substantial phenomenon that the Arabic language is known for, which is diglossia. The latter clearly poses many challenges and many questions may arise. Therefore, 78 Arab users of Facebook participated in an online survey in... Show More
  • Reflections on the Linguistic Landscape and the Prospects of English Language Teaching in Algeria

    Ghania Ouahmiche , Abderrazak Beddiaf , Abdelkader Beddiaf

    Issue: Volume 5, Issue 3-1, June 2017
    Pages: 15-23
    Received: 4 March 2017
    Accepted: 6 March 2017
    Published: 5 April 2017
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijll.s.2017050301.13
    Abstract: The paper is bi-pillared: first is an allowance for the Algerian sociolinguistic panorama; then follows an account for the status of English in the Algerian sphere of schooling. Education, history, geography and ethnicity are the four quintessential factors underlying the Algerian involved linguistic situation. As a meeting ground for a multiplicit... Show More
  • An Investigation of Language Variation and Change Among Three Age-Groups: A Case Study

    Abbassia Belahcen , Ghania Ouahmiche

    Issue: Volume 5, Issue 3-1, June 2017
    Pages: 24-35
    Received: 5 March 2017
    Accepted: 13 March 2017
    Published: 5 April 2017
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijll.s.2017050301.14
    Abstract: Despite the hostile view and belief toward the inclusion of language use in linguistic study and theorizing by the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, some linguists have revolutionized linguistics. They authentically showed the importance to account for the social factors in linguistic theory. Indeed, the progress of res... Show More
  • The Feasibility of Content and System Morpheme Hierarchy in the Analysis of Tamazight Bilingual Corpora: The Case of Kabyle and Mzabi Bilingual Speech in Oran

    Abdelkader Lotfi Benhattab , Ghania Ouahmiche , Zohra Labed

    Issue: Volume 5, Issue 3-1, June 2017
    Pages: 6-14
    Received: 10 February 2017
    Accepted: 13 March 2017
    Published: 23 March 2017
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijll.s.2017050301.12
    Abstract: This study examines the empirical validity of the hierarchy of system and content morphemes on Tamazight bilingual corpora. This dichotomy is one of the underlying principles of the Matrix Language Frame model and the 4-M model as they have been advocated by Myers- Scotton in 1997, 2002 and 2016. These socio-psychologically based syntactic models h... Show More
  • Arabic and English Phonotactic Convergence: A Case Study

    Guessas Abibaker Seddik , Benhattab Abdelkader Lotfi

    Issue: Volume 5, Issue 3-1, June 2017
    Pages: 1-5
    Received: 8 February 2017
    Accepted: 21 February 2017
    Published: 10 March 2017
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijll.s.2017050301.11
    Abstract: Learning a second language bears traces of the first language at different levels and with differing degrees. The number of studies devoted to the morpho-syntactic and lexical outcomes of transfer seems to outnumber those investigating phonological ones. This paper tries to investigate variation in Algerian Arabic speakers’ performance of English a... Show More