Arabizi is run at irregular intervals by Fatma Said a PhD Applied Linguistics student at the university of London (http://bbk.academia.edu/FFSS/About). I obtained my BA in Arabic and Linguistics and my MA in Linguistics (spec. Arabic) from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London).
The blog name Arabizi is a popular term used among language researchers to refer to the merging of Arabic and inglizi (English) in conversation- so you may have someone switching from English to Arabic or the other way around. Arabizi was chosen as the blog name to show the dynamic and creative nature of Arabic language in its present use, although not all posts are in relation to Arabizi (there are many that address Arabic language and culture in general).
The overall aim is to present to readers how Arabic is being used by Arabic speakers (both Arabs and non-Arabs) and the issues currently facing it as a language.
Here I make no assumptions nor do I push one view over another nor do I affiliate myself with one language ideology over another- it is purely to discuss the use of Arabic by its many speakers whether written or spoken. Everything on this blog is open to discussion because nothing is set in stone, I am only human and might change my mind in few months, weeks etc… I cite all sources used(where I can) so that readers have a chance to read the original text/ book. Excuse the fact that the writing is not its best at times, and is not reflective of how a linguist or an academic should write…but it’s a blog so I like to be slightly lax with the writing so don’t hold me to account.
You can contact me here: arabizi.fs (at) gmail (dot) com, and I’ll be happy to reply.
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