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Language Policy

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 409–411 | Cite as

Louisa Buckingham (ed.): Language, Identity and Education on the Arabian Peninsula: Bilingual Policies in a Multilingual Context

Multilingual Matters, 2017, xi + 242 pp, Hb $149.95, ISBN: 9781783096596
  • Abderrahman Zouhir
Book Review
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Language, Identity and Education on the Arabian Peninsula: Bilingual Policies in a Multilingual Context, edited by Louisa Buckingham, is a welcome addition to the literature on multilingualism, identity and education. It highlights the immense ethnic and linguistic diversity of some Arabian Peninsula countries that have undergone rapid language changes in recent years.

The book is divided into four parts. Part One, composed of three chapters, talks about multilingualism in private spheres and public spaces. In Chapter 1, Gary O’Neill describes the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a multilingual and diverse country in which several foreign languages and varieties of Arabic are used. There is widespread concern that the national language and the Emirati culture are under threat by these languages, particularly English. O’Neill sees that in spite of this influence, Emirati Arabic has every likelihood to survive, since it is the dialect of the community in power. In Chapter 2, Melanie Van den...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wayne State UniversityDetroitUSA

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