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By Reem Bassiouney

How is language utilized in Egyptian public discourse to light up the collective id of Egyptians? How does this identification relate to language shape and content material? those questions are explored during this booklet, utilizing a extensive collection of facts, together with newspaper articles, caricatures, blogs, patriotic songs, motion pictures, university textbooks, television talk-shows, poetry and novels. in addition to furthering our knowing of the connection among id and language usually, Language and id in glossy Egypt also yields insights concerning the problematic ways that media and public discourse aid form and description identification via linguistic approaches

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Let us return to look at the excerpt in some detail and examine the issues it addresses. ” Is he an Egyptian, a professor, a single man from an upper-class Egyptian family or the director of the theatre play? In the movie, both ZËzË and the professor are torn between a past that they try to suppress and a present that they still do not know. It is only at the end of the film that ZËzË reconciles both parts of her identity by acknowledging her past with its shame and moves forward by forging a new, more respectful, and dignified existence.

There is no study to date that does so. This book takes on this task. ” Identity construction is an ongoing process; for example, in order for us to understand and analyze the way that language was employed at the time of the January 25 Revolution of 2011, we have to start as early as the beginning of the twentieth century and consider how the development of national identity and language ideology and attitudes took shape and were influenced by the relationship of Egyptians towards “the other,” whether that “other” be a colonial power or a powerful neighbor-state.

Egypt is no exception (see Abu-Lughod 2002; Armbrust 1996). In Egypt, not just poetry, but films, songs, and other forms of oral media have always, for Egyptians, formed the crux of self-perception (Fahmy 2011). Oral media has the task of positioning the Egyptian within Egypt, on the one hand, and within the wider context of the world, on the other. As far as I know, there has not been a linguistic study on the effect of oral media on the Egyptian perception of self so far. This book attempts to fill this void.

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