Cultural Accommodation to State Incorporation in Yemen: Language Replacement on Soqotra Island

  title={Cultural Accommodation to State Incorporation in Yemen: Language Replacement on Soqotra Island},
  author={Serge D. Elie},
  journal={Journal of Arabian Studies},
  pages={39 - 57}
  • Serge D. Elie
  • Published 1 June 2012
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Arabian Studies
Soqotra Island, the Arab Middle East largest island, is home to 50,000 speakers of Soqot˙ri, which is a non-Arabic Semitic pre-literate language. Soqotrans are undergoing a dual incorporation process: the Yemeni government's consolidation of the islanders' politico-cultural integration into national society, and the United Nations-led internationalization of the island's economy through an environmental conservation and ecotourism development regime. This dual incorporation process has… 
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