Darija and Changing Writing Practices in Morocco

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Elinson, Alexander E. (2013) Darija and Changing Writing Practices in Morocco, International Journal of Middle East Studies 45(4): 715–730.

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​Social, political, and technological changes have forced changes in the contemporary Moroccan linguistic landscape. In print media, advertising, music, fictional writing, and translation, Moroccan Arabic (dārija) is being written in a variety of ways that point to a shift in perceptions and usage of dārija in daily Moroccan life. In this article, I provide a discussion of recent developments in the use of dārija in writing, and discuss how this evolving situation is articulated by intellectuals, journalists, publishers, fiction writers, and translators.

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