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The Acquisition of Egyptian Arabic as a Native Language (Georgetown Classics in Arabic Language and Linguistics)by Margaret K. Omar
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In 1968 Margaret K. Omar spent four months in a small Egyptian village called Sheikh Mubarak, where residents speak in a dialect closer to Sa'eedi, not the dialect spoken in Cairo. Based on her fieldwork, Omar describes the physical and social environment in which the native language was learned, the development of early communication and speech, and when and how children learn the phonology, vocabulary, morphology, and syntactical patterns of Egyptian Arabic. Omar makes comparisons with aspects of language acquisition of other languages, primarily English, and explores implications for the theory of language acquisition. Originally published in 1973, this book is the most thorough and complete analysis of the stages in which children learn Arabic as a first language. The Arabic in this book is presented in transcription, making the information accessible to all linguists interested in language acquisition.
Book News Annotation:
This is a reprint of Omar's 1968 dissertation on language acquisition. Most studies up to then had dealt exclusively with Indo- European languages. Omar (Arabic, Georgetown University) chose a town with little variation in socio-economic levels. She noted the stages of development of particular grammatical forms both in terms of complexity and socialization. Children in the study developed language at roughly the same stages as in other languages, implying that language learning is hardwired. Omar details the process with translations and transliterations of the forms. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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