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Maik Gibson


Horsleys Green
High Wycombe
HP14 3XL
Phone: +44 750 308 3825



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Selected publications

Gibson, Maik. 2012. Extinct languages and languages close to extinction: How to preserve that heritage? In Laurent Vannini and Hervé Le Croisier (eds.), NET.LANG: Towards the multilingual cyberspace, 75–88. Paris: C&F Editions.

Gibson, Maik. 2012. Language shift in Nairobi. In Matthias Brenzinger and Anne-Maria Fehn (eds.), Proceedings of the 6th World Congress of African Linguistics, Cologne, Germany, 17–21 August 2009, 569–575. Cologne: Koeppe Verlag.

Gibson, Maik. 2012. The role of implicational universals in language change: Evidence from Tunisian Arabic dialects. In Gunther De Vogelaer and Guido Seiler (eds.), The dialect lab: Using dialects as a testing ground for theories of language change. Studies in Language Companion Series 128, 107–120. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing.

Gibson, Maik. 2008. Tunis Arabic. In Kees Versteegh, Mushira Eid, Alaa Elgibali (eds.), Encyclopedia of Arabic language and linguistics 4, 563–571. Leiden: Brill.

Gibson, Maik. 2006. Implicational scale. In Kees Versteegh, Mushira Eid, and Alaa Elgibali (eds.), Encyclopedia of Arabic language and linguistics 2, 318–325. Leiden: Brill.

Gibson, Maik. 2002. Levelling in Tunisian Arabic: Towards a new standard. In Aleya Rouchdy (ed.), Language Contact and Language Conflict in Arabic: Variations on a sociolinguistic theme. Curzon Arabic Linguistics Series, 24–40. New York: Routledge Curzon.

Gibson, Maik. 1996. El munichi, un idioma que se extingue. Marlene Ballena Dávila (tr.). Serie Lingüística Peruana 42. Pucallpa, Peru: Instituto Lingüístico de Verano. .

Gibson, Maik. 1996. Implicational dialectology: Second person pronouns and suffixes in Tunisian Arabic. In Mushira Eid and Dilworth Parkinson (ed.), Perspectives on Arabic linguistics IX: Papers from the Ninth Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics, 95–114. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing.


Gibson, Maik. 2012. Using an urban lingua franca for rural development: The success of Shujaaz.FM in Kenya. Paper presented at the Languages in the Globalised World Conference, Leeds, England. September 5–6, 2012.

Gibson, Maik. 2012. The urban vernacular(s) of Nairobi: Contact language, anti-language, or hybrid language practice? Paper presented at Sociolinguistics Symposium 19, Berlin, Germany. August 21–24, 2012.

Gibson, Maik. 2010. The sociolinguistics of terminology development: The acceptability of loans and neologisms in African languages. Paper presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics, Aberdeen, Scotland. September 9–11, 2010.

Gibson, Maik. 2010. The spread of urban vernaculars and their impact upon African language policies. Paper presented at Sociolinguistics Symposium 18, Southampton, England. September 1–4, 2010.

Gibson, Maik. 2009. Expanding the lexicon: To borrow, coin or extend? Paper presented at the International Conference on Language Policy, Planning and Support in Higher Education, Stellenbosch, South Africa. November 17–20, 2009.

Gibson, Maik. 2007. Participant reference in Tunisian Arabic. Paper presented at the 37th Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics, Leiden, Netherlands. August 27–29, 2007.

Gibson, Maik. 1999. Dialect contact in Tunisian Arabic: Sociolinguistic and structural aspects. Ph.D. dissertation. University of Reading.

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