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Arabic ʿāmmiyya and fuṣḥā

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Comparative Literature (1 June 2018) 70 (2): 114–131.
Published: 01 June 2018
... Egyptian theory, which derived ʿāmmiyya (dialect) from fuṣḥā (standard) or redefined fuṣḥā as a generalist language that ideally addresses a middle audience. I suggest that a long (if suppressed) continuity in Arabic between common and elite language, if not between dialect and standard, opens horizons of...
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Comparative Literature (1 June 2018) 70 (2): 105–113.
Published: 01 June 2018
... instrumentalizing tendencies of the Anglo-Indian engineer William Willcocks, whose claims regarding the inefficiencies of Arabic diglossia (the disparity of spoken and written forms), as well as the alleged obsolescence of Qur’anic Arabic ( fuṣḥā ), led to his promotion of the Egyptian colloquial ( ʿāmmiyya...