Neighborhood and ancestry : variation in the spoken Arabic of Maiduguri, Nigeria

Jonathan Owens

Over the past 35 years urban sociolinguistics has developed upon the base of detailed case studies carried out mainly in western countries. A fundamental dichotomy informing the interpretation of variation has been carried out within what is termed the "standard-vernacular model". Higher vs. lower social class, power vs. solidarity, open networks vs. closed networks are a few of the conceptual dyads which have been invoked to order linguistic variation operating with an input from a standard/vernacular source. The present study, based on the spoken Arabic of Maiduguri, Nigeria, focuses on a linguistic landscape where the notions of "standard" and "vernacular" are of little relevance in ordering urban linguistic variants. It is argued that linguistic variation is best conceptualized and ordered in terms of the twin variables of neighborhood and ancestral norms. A detailed analysis of 13 linguistic variables based on a corpus of about 500,000 words invokes an urban linguistic world different from that in the West. To integrate this landscape into current sociolinguistic thinking a typology of urban variation is outlined using familar, yet relatively unutilized sociolinguistic parameters: neighborhood, ancestry, minority status and institutionalization.

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Over the past 35 years urban sociolinguistics has developed upon the base of detailed case studies carried out mainly in western countries. A fundamental dichotomy informing the interpretation of variation has been carried out within what is termed the "standard-vernacular model". Higher vs. lower social class, power vs. solidarity, open networks vs. closed networks are a few of the conceptual dyads which have been invoked to order linguistic variation operating with an input from a standard/vernacular source. The present study, based on the spoken Arabic of Maiduguri, Nigeria, focuses on a linguistic landscape where the notions of "standard" and "vernacular" are of little relevance in ordering urban linguistic variants. It is argued that linguistic variation is best conceptualized and ordered in terms of the twin variables of neighborhood and ancestral norms. A detailed analysis of 13 linguistic variables based on a corpus of about 500,000 words invokes an urban linguistic world different from that in the West. To integrate this landscape into current sociolinguistic thinking a typology of urban variation is outlined using familar, yet relatively unutilized sociolinguistic parameters: neighborhood, ancestry, minority status and institutionalization.

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[目次]

  • 1. Preface, pxi
  • 2. List of Abbreviations, pxiii
  • 3. 1. Introduction, p1
  • 4. 2. The Peculiar Unity of Nigerian Arabic, p23
  • 5. 3. the Linguistic Variables, p39
  • 6. 4. The Comparative Dialectology of the 13 Linguistic Variables, p71
  • 7. 5. Rural Nigerian Arabic, p86
  • 8. 6. Maiduguri and the Basic Sample, p115
  • 9. 7. Urban and rural: towards a characterization of neo-ancestral norms, p167
  • 10. 8. Non-Corpus Data, p199
  • 11. 9. Variation and Language Attitudes, p205
  • 12. 10. Linguistic Variation and Socio-Politics, p231
  • 13. 11. Setting and Linguistic Variation, p247
  • 14. 12. Three Micro Studies, p258
  • 15. 13. Expanding the Typology of urban Linguistic Variation, p296
  • 16. Appendix I: Arabic Texts, p302
  • 17. Appendix II, p380
  • 18. Bibliography, p385
  • 19. Index of Sujects, p390
  • 20. Index of Names, p394

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[目次]

  • 1. Preface, pxi
  • 2. List of Abbreviations, pxiii
  • 3. 1. Introduction, p1
  • 4. 2. The Peculiar Unity of Nigerian Arabic, p23
  • 5. 3. the Linguistic Variables, p39
  • 6. 4. The Comparative Dialectology of the 13 Linguistic Variables, p71
  • 7. 5. Rural Nigerian Arabic, p86
  • 8. 6. Maiduguri and the Basic Sample, p115
  • 9. 7. Urban and rural: towards a characterization of neo-ancestral norms, p167
  • 10. 8. Non-Corpus Data, p199
  • 11. 9. Variation and Language Attitudes, p205
  • 12. 10. Linguistic Variation and Socio-Politics, p231
  • 13. 11. Setting and Linguistic Variation, p247
  • 14. 12. Three Micro Studies, p258
  • 15. 13. Expanding the Typology of urban Linguistic Variation, p296
  • 16. Appendix I: Arabic Texts, p302
  • 17. Appendix II, p380
  • 18. Bibliography, p385
  • 19. Index of Sujects, p390
  • 20. Index of Names, p394

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書名 Neighborhood and ancestry : variation in the spoken Arabic of Maiduguri, Nigeria
著作者等 Owens, Jonathan
シリーズ名 Impact : studies in language and society
出版元 John Benjamins
刊行年月 c1998
ページ数 xii, 396 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 1556198531
902721834X
NCID BA53405489
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言語 アラビア語
英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国
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