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This is the introductory chapter of this book, which focuses on the use of Arabic as evidenced in visual and written media, newspapers and satellite channels. The book raises two fundamental questions: First, is Arabic influenced in its development by the media, like other languages? That is, is it changing rapidly to meet the needs of the modern world, in its standard and colloquial varieties? If so, what are the social mechanisms or institutions that shape the use of Arabic? Second, can the media give rise to new hybrid language forms? Conversely, are the media themselves influenced by Arabic? The book aims at offering a significant theoretical, methodological and applicable framework to the study of Arabic media and to the teaching of media as well.

Keywords: Arabic media; newspapers



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