(image) Bassiouney, Reem: Language and Identity in Modern Egypt. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2014. 416 pp.
The book examines language and identity in modern Egypt using theories from discourse analysis and sociolinguistics. How is language used in Egyptian public discourse to illuminate the collective identity of Egyptians? How does this identity relate to language form and content?
Reem Bassiouney explores these questions by drawing on sources including newspaper articles, caricatures, blogs, patriotic songs, films, school textbooks, TV talk-shows, poetry and novels. As well as furthering our understanding of the relationship between identity and language, this book yields insights about the intricate ways in which media and public discourse help shape and outline identity through linguistic processes.
Reem Bassiouney (DPhil, Oxon.) is Associate Professor of Linguistics at The American University of Cairo. Her academic books include, Functions of Code-Switching in Egypt (2006), Arabic Sociolinguistics (2008), Arabic and the Media (2010), Arabic Language and Linguistics (2012, co-ed).