Diversity in Language
Contrastive Studies in English and Arabic Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
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Diversity in Language by Zeinab Ibrahim
Book DescriptionThe Arabic and English languages have developed along separate lines over the centuries. Thus, it is no surprise that even apart from purely cultural elements, there are distinctive characteristics of the two languages that pose particular problems to native speakers of one language attempting to learn the other. The scholarly papers of Diversity in Language offer new views on the contrasts between Arabic and English and on contemporary theoretical and applied linguistics. Contributors focus on an array of elusive features that make the Arabic language especially difficult for English speakers to understand fully and intuitively. Comparative studies of English and Arabic, including research on the acquisition of Arabic or English as a second language, underscore the concept of diversity. Contributors also investigate stylistics, a major source of diversity between the two languages. Practical observations and suggestions may help teachers of Arabic or English as a second language enable students to better understand their second language and become more persuasive and effective in using it. The papers assembled here will be a welcome addition to the bookshelves of scholars and students of Arabic, contrastive rhetoric, and linguistics. Teachers of English as a foreign language, even if their students are not primarily from an Arabic-speaking background, can likewise benefit from the insights made in these contrastive studies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9789774245787
(230mm x 150mm x 26mm)
Imprint: The American University in Cairo Press
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Publish Date: 28-Feb-2001
Country of Publication: Egypt
Books By Author Zeinab Ibrahim
Linguistics in an Age of Globalization, Hardback (May 2008)
Contains twelve essays on the state of Arabic. This title groups these essays into four sections which cover a variety of topics - phonetics, syntax, variation, computational linguistics, and, globalization and its effects on linguistic discourse and language teaching.
Contrastive Rhetoric, Paperback (May 2004)» View all books by Zeinab Ibrahim
These essays explore the field of contrastive rhetoric - the study of how a person's first language (L1) and culture influence the acquisition of another language. Contrastive rhetoric encourages inquiry into levels of discourse and text, examining the conventions and rhetorical structures of L1 and their influence on the use of another language.
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Author Biography - Zeinab Ibrahim
Nagwa Kassabgy is an English language instructor in the English Language Institute of the American University in Cairo.
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