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Dr Mariam Aboelezz

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

BA English Language (Ain Shams University, Egypt), DipTrans English into Arabic (CIoL), MA Language Studies (Lancaster University), PhD Linguistics (Lancaster University)

Contact details

Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication
Birkbeck, University of London
26 Russell Square, 

Research interests

  • My primary research falls in the area of language and politics, with a particular focus on the role of language as an identity proxy in ideological debates. I am also interested in multilingualism, both at the individual and community level. My other interests include writing systems research and translation research. While most of my research employs interviews and/or critical discourse analysis, I often use complementary quantitative methods too.


  • Approaches to Language (Level 4)
  • Bilingualism


  • El-Haj, M., P. Rayson and M. Aboelezz (2018) Arabic Dialect Identification in the Context of Bivalency and Code-switching. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation.
  • Aboelezz, M. (2018) Language as Proxy in Identity Politics: the case of revived Egyptian nationalism in Egypt. In A. AlNajjar and Y. Mendel. (eds.) Language, Politics and Society in the Middle East. Edinburgh University Press.
  • Aboelezz, M. (2018) The Arabic Language and Political Ideology. In E. Benmamoun and R. Bassiouney (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Linguistics. Routledge.
  • Aboelezz, M. (2017) The Politics of Pro-ʿāmmiyya Language Ideology in Egypt. In J. Høigilt and G. Mejdell (eds.) Writing Change: The politics of written language in the Arab world. Brill
  • Aboelezz, M. (2016) Creating a Counter-space: Tahrir Square as a platform for linguistic creativity and political dissent. In T. Lillis & D. Hann (eds.), The Politics of Language and Creativity in a Globalised World. Milton Keynes: The Open University.
  • Aboelezz, M. (2016) A History of the Arabic Language and the Origin of Non-dominant Varieties of Arabic. In Muhr, R., Fonyuy, K. E., Ibrahim, Z. and Miller, C. (eds.) Pluricentric Languages Across Continents: Features and usage. Peter Lang.
  • Aboelezz, M. (2014) The Geosemiotics of Tahrir Square: A study of the relationship between discourse and space. Journal of Language and Politics, 13(4): 599-622.
  • Aboelezz, M. (2012) 'We are Young. We are Trendy. Buy our Product!': The use of Latinized Arabic in printed edited magazines in Egypt. United Academics Journal of Social Sciences, September/October 2012, pp. 47-72.