The Limitations of Reading to Young Children in Literary Arabic: The Unspoken Struggle with Arabic Diglossia

  title={The Limitations of Reading to Young Children in Literary Arabic: The Unspoken Struggle with Arabic Diglossia},
  author={Riham M. E. Shendy},
  journal={Theory and Practice in Language Studies},
  • Riham M. E. Shendy
  • Published 1 February 2019
  • Education
  • Theory and Practice in Language Studies
This interdisciplinary paper draws on findings from academic research on Arabic language diglossia demonstrating the linguistic distance between spoken Arabic, a’amiya and written Arabic, fusHa. It extends the implications of these findings to the literature on child development and reading. In this respect, it is is the first study to address the challenges of reading to children in a language diglossia situation. The paper starts by addressing the unfounded popular claim that fusHa and a… 
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