The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Linguistics introduces readers to the major facets of research on Arabic and of the linguistic situation in the Arabic-speaking world.

The edited collection includes chapters from prominent experts on various fields of Arabic linguistics. The contributors provide overviews of the state of the art in their field and specifically focus on ideas and issues. Not simply an overview of the field, this handbook explores subjects in great depth and from multiple perspectives.

In addition to the traditional areas of Arabic linguistics, the handbook covers computational approaches to Arabic, Arabic in the diaspora, neurolinguistic approaches to Arabic, and Arabic as a global language.

The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Linguistics is a much-needed resource for researchers on Arabic and comparative linguistics, syntax, morphology, computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and applied linguistics, and also for undergraduate and graduate students studying Arabic or linguistics.

chapter |8 pages


part I|78 pages

Phonetics, phonology, and morphology

part II|137 pages

Syntax, semantics, and pragmatics

chapter 5|15 pages

The syntax of tense in Arabic

chapter 6|27 pages

Negative sensitive items

chapter 7|24 pages

Resumption in varieties of Arabic

chapter 8|25 pages

The pragmatics-syntax division of labor

The case of personal datives in Lebanese Arabic

chapter 9|24 pages

Arabic semantics 1

part III|87 pages

Experimental and computational approaches

part IV|159 pages

History, contact, and variation

chapter 17|13 pages


chapter 18|14 pages

An alternative approach

Understanding diglossia/code switching through indexicality: the case of Egypt

chapter 21|20 pages

New elaborate written forms in Darija

Blogging, posting and slamming in Morocco

chapter 22|14 pages

Arabic as a contact language

chapter 25|18 pages

Peripheral Arabic dialects

part V|102 pages

Ideology, policy, and education

chapter 27|16 pages

Waves of Arabization and the vernaculars of North Africa

An annotated bibliography

chapter 29|13 pages

Arabic political discourse

chapter 30|15 pages

Language policy and planning in Morocco: a critical approach

A critical approach