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Contemporary dārija writings in Morocco: ideology and practices


This paper examines in an historical and social perspective the growing production of darija writings in Morocco. It will first present a brief preliminary historical overview of dārija literacy in Morocco and highlight some key differences and similarities with the Egyptian context. It will then turn to the recent period and question the issue of continuity and changes between past and present written practices. It will describe different profiles of people involved in dārija writings, their objectives, their public stands, their networks and their types of publication. It will analyze how the different actorsapprehend the key issue of sameness/difference vis à vis the fusḥā in both discourse and practices. It will point out the inherent ambiguity and disjuncture between ideology and practices.


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Catherine Miller. Contemporary dārija writings in Morocco: ideology and practices. Jacob Høigilt and Gunvor Mejdell The Politics of written language in the Arab world Written Changes, Brill, 2017, Studies in Semitic Languages and Linguistics, 9789004346161. ⟨halshs-01544593⟩
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