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Socio-Demographic Parameters Of Arabicization

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This chapter discusses the socio-demographic circumstances of the conquests, which caused the acquisition of Arabic and triggered the input type used for the process. It shows that the socio-demographic and ecological factors of the Arab conquests and the manner of Arab settlement were the important factors in the emergence of New Arabic vernaculars. The comparison between the Arab world and Persia must be taken as a signal to underline the potential weight of urbanization in the process of informal second language acquisition. The point behind the survey of the linguistic situation in Egypt during late antiquity is to prove that in collaboration with the patterns of migration and urbanization after the conquests, the difference in function between Arabic and the language spoken in the conquered territories before the conquests as foreign languages facilitated the acquisition of the former and hindered the acquisition of the latter as a native tongue.

Keywords: Arabicization; Egypt; Persia; second language acquisition; socio-demographic parameters



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