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Interview with Alaa Elgibali

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In this interview Nabil Abdelfattah discusses the Arabic language with Alaa Elgibali, a linguistics professor at the Arabic Language Institute of the American University in Cairo. Issues addressed are the importance of the language in Arabic culture, its status as a sacred language, the different registers of Arabic, and the variations in the language throughout the Arab World. Particularly interesting is a discussion of how children make the transition from the dialectal Arabic they learn at home to the more formal language they learn at school, and how this process compares to adult learners who often are moving in the opposite direction




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