The Arabic Language: A Latin of Modernity?

  title={The Arabic Language: A Latin of Modernity?},
  author={T. Kamusella},
  journal={Journal of Nationalism, Memory \& Language Politics},
  pages={117 - 145}
  • T. Kamusella
  • Published 2017
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Nationalism, Memory & Language Politics
Abstract Standard Arabic is directly derived from the language of the Quran. The Arabic language of the holy book of Islam is seen as the prescriptive benchmark of correctness for the use and standardization of Arabic. As such, this standard language is removed from the vernaculars over a millennium years, which Arabic-speakers employ nowadays in everyday life. Furthermore, standard Arabic is used for written purposes but very rarely spoken, which implies that there are no native speakers of… Expand
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