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To communicate safely under an authoritarian regime requires a sort of linguistic creativity. In this photo, a man looks at his phone in Aleppo, Syria, in September 2012. (Manu Brabo/AP)
To communicate safely under an authoritarian regime requires a sort of linguistic creativity. In this photo, a man looks at his phone in Aleppo, Syria, in September 2012. (Manu Brabo/AP)

During the Arab Spring, Arabic speakers in Syria used coded language to talk about topics that were deemed forbidden.

Middle East expert Nassima Neggaz reported her findings for the International Sociological Association in the published paper, Syria's Arab Spring: Language Enrichment in the Midst of Revolution.

She joins Here & Now's Robin Young to discuss her research.

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  • Nassima Neggaz, Middle East expert and Fulbright Fellow from France at Georgetown University. She tweets @Nn42Nesma.

This segment aired on November 15, 2013.

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