Title

Language ideology and policy in a colonial and postcolonial context: The case of Egypt

Author's Department

Applied Linguistics Department

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https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198793205.003.0012

Document Type

Research Article

Publication Title

Colonial and Decolonial Linguistics: Knowledges and Epistemes

Publication Date

1-1-2021

doi

10.1093/oso/9780198793205.003.0012

Abstract

This chapter explores language ideologies in the colonial context of Arabic in Egypt. After achieving independence in the second half of the twentieth century, Egypt, like all Arab countries, followed a policy of Arabization. In order to understand the implications of such policies for colonial linguistics, it is essential to explore the ideology of Egypt as one community, an ideology that was propagated negatively first by the colonizers and then by Egyptians. The nation-state as an imagined community, built on ideologies and perceptions that are emergent in discourse and dependent on it, is in the focus of the chapter, which describes the role of Standard Arabic vis-vis Egyptian local varieties in constructing ideas about Egyptians as an imagined community.

First Page

199

Last Page

213

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