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Written Dārija: “māšī mə‘qūl tǝktəb-ha bi-ḥurūf al-luġa al-‘arabiyya!” It Is not Logical to Write It with the Arabic Letters!

Media Reception of the Zakoura Dictionary Project

Rosa Pennisi    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia; Aix-Marseille University, France    



This study investigates written linguistic practices emerging from public debate in Morocco. Although Darija is increasingly used in writing, especially in online platforms, most of its users still stigmatize it. In 2017 the Zakoura Foundation edited the first monolingual dictionary of Darija, a fervently debated initiative. So, this analysis aims to show the limits of such codification initiative, and factors which affect language ideology in Morocco. Therefore, a corpus of articles and readers’ comments on the Zakoura Dictionary of two Moroccan digital newspapers, Goud and Hespress, has been analyzed, quantitively and qualitatively, in order to compare the opinions about language and the language varieties in which they were expressed.

Keywords: Standardization. Written Darija. Conventionalization. Orthographic Norms. Language Ideologies. Moroccan Digital Newspapers.

Language: en

Submitted: Feb. 6, 2020
Accepted: April 17, 2020
Published: June 30, 2020

permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/AnnOr/2385-3042/2020/56/005

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