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Sociolinguistics of Moroccan Arabic

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Adil Moustaoui Srhir

This book focuses on Moroccan sociolinguistic dynamics of change. Its aim is to analyse the changing contemporary situation of Moroccan Arabic as a local language and linguistic resource. Starting with a critical sociolinguistic overview of language policy in Morocco, the book aims to respond to the following questions: How do new linguistic practices in Morocco contribute to a restructuring of the Moroccan linguistic field? Will the new local multilingual practices, specifically the use of Moroccan Arabic in writing and other communicative modalities, play an important role in the social and political empowerment as well as the standardisation of this linguistic variety? Finally, the book examines current attempts to achieve a standardisation of the written variety of Moroccan Arabic, and how these attempts are influenced by a number of factors, including political, ideological and obviously sociolinguistic dynamics of change.

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Chapter 3 Language Ideologies, Arabic language and Nation State.

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Chapter 3 Language Ideologies, Arabic language and Nation State

3.1 Introduction

The objectives we have established in the previous sections are clearly born of our sociopolitical position in Moroccan society and also of our stance regarding issues as much political as sociolinguistic, as well as the ideological debates that arise in Morocco around the question of languages. Our discourse is partly a reading and interpretation of linguistic, social, political and ideological issues. Moreover, this discourse could be seen as a reading on two levels: the strictly scientific and the ideological.

By the same token, our responsibility in a study of this magnitude requires us to adopt a global perspective on the study of the dynamics of change in the languages of Morocco. Such a perspective, in our opinion, must combine considerations, not only of a sociolinguistic nature but also sociopolitical, and these evidently include the ideological considerations we wish to analyse in this section.

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