This work is the product of years of investigation in both sociolinguistics in general and Arabic sociolinguistics in particular. Two semesters of researchleave from the University of Utah and Georgetown University have helped me focus more on this book. I would like to thank both universities for this research period.
Professor Jean Aitchison has been and will remain a constant friend and a great scholar. I thank her for drawing my attention to Edinburgh University Press. Dr Mahmoud Hassan will also remain a teacher, a friend and a model of integrity. Thank you also to Professor Yasir Suleiman for suggesting the title Arabic Sociolinguistics instead of Arabic and Society and for being an inspiring scholar. I would like also to thank the two anonymous reviewers who read my proposal and made useful recommendations. Thank you to the reader of the manuscript, whose suggestions were very useful and insightful, and whose knowledge of the field is exemplary. I am very lucky to have such a reader. Needless to say any oversight is my responsibility.
I have benefited in one way or another from discussions and exchange of ideas, not necessarily about linguistics, with a lot of colleagues and friends. Among those, in alphabetical order, are: Ahmed Dallal, Marianna Di Paolo, Mushira Eid, Gail Grella, Clive Holes, Joe Metz, Carol Myers-Scotton, Karin Ryding, Keith Walters, Kees Versteegh and Malcah Yaeger-Dror.
There is nothing as satisfying as having students who are interested and engaged in the topics one teaches. My students in many ways helped me clarify my ideas in fruitful and stimulating class discussions. I thank them.
The team at Edinburgh University Press are a delight to work with. Nicola Ramsay and Sarah Edwards are both extremely dedicated and efficient. James Dale has been enthusiastic about the book, friendly, resourceful and efficient. Thanks also to Fiona Sewell my copy-editor for her diligent work.
Thanks to all my family, whose support and belief in me were my main