Folk Stories and Personal Narratives in Palestinian Spoken Arabic: A Cultural and Linguistic Study
This interesting and beautifully written book by Nadia Sirhan provides deep insight into the sociolinguistics of Palestinian Arabic. The documenting of folktales and narratives and the detailed discussion of these provide a picture of how language is used in these specific contexts set against the general linguistic map of Palestinian Arabic. The book is based on fieldwork among communities in Palestine. It combines the presentation of dialect data, a study of the cultural background and the nature of the texts, and an examination of previous work on folk tales and the nature of the various themes that often occur in them.
Sociocultural and Linguistic Books
Popular Proverbs: An Entrance to Palestinian Culture
This monumental collection of over one thousand proverbs from Palestine and across the Arabic-speaking world provides an informative and entertaining treasure trove of knowledge for anyone with interest in this remarkable culture. The central role of proverbs in daily speech originates from a universal reverence in Arab culture for language and especially poetry. The Arabic language has enjoyed a long tradition of both secular and religious poetry, beginning with the pre-Islamic Jahiliyya poets and continuing today in popular verse. Arabs everywhere take great pride in this tradition and in the Arabic language itself, a pride which is evident in the frequent usage of proverbs in literature, the media and every-day conversation. Given the integral role of proverbs in Palestinian life, and indeed throughout all Arab cultures, the study of such proverbs as used by Palestinians offers a unique perspective on the beliefs and values shared among all Arabs.