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Presentation by Kristen Brustad ( Part 2 )

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In this portion of the presentation, Professor Kristen Brustad addresses the role of Arabic in the world today, the area in which it is spoken, and the ‚Äúdiglossia‚Ä? between Classical Arabic and dialectal Arabic. She talks in some detail about the dialects of Arabic and their classification. The view that Arabic may go the way of Latin, with the dialects spinning off into separate languages and standard Arabic being the language of religion and high culture, is contrasted with the forces that are likely to keep this from happening. Of great interest to potential students of the language is the discussion of characteristics of Arabic that make is easier for non-native speakers to learn, such as the root system of works and the fact that the grammar is very regular. Brustad also discusses a factor that makes Arabic challenging: the need to master varying forms of the language. She also discusses her own experience in learning the language and its dialects, as well as her reasons for choosing to study the language. The interview ends with a discussion of the dialects, their relation to each other, and the degree to which each dialect resembles Standard Arabic.




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