The place of Arabic in Israel

Muhammad Amara

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Few works so far (Landau 1987; Koplewitz 1992; Spolsky 1994; Spolsky and Shohamy 1999a, 1999b) have dealt extensively with Arabic in Israel. However, in all these studies it was not clear enough how the changed political situation brought about the downplaying of the role of Arabic in the public spheres in Israel and also within the Arab community itself. This paper argues that the place of Arabic in the Jewish state is a reflection of the unique sociopolitical situation of the Arab minority in Israel and the Israeli-Arab conflict. To shed light on the unique case of Arabic in Israel, language ideologies are investigated, relating them to language practices and language-education policies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-68
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of the Sociology of Language
Issue number158
StatePublished - 2002


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