Languages of Morocco: Spanish Language, Arabic Language, Berber Languages, Central Morocco Tamazight, Moroccan Arabic, Tashelhiyt Language

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General Books LLC, 2010 - 184 pages
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 45. Chapters: French language, Arabic language, Berber languages, Moroccan Arabic, Central Atlas Tamazight, Shilha language, Central Atlas Tamazight grammar, Hass?n?ya language, Ait Seghrouchen Berber, Zenati languages, Riff language, Northern Berber languages, Judeo-Berber language, African Romance, South Oran and Figuig Shilha, Ghomara language, Senhaja de Srair language, Rif languages. Excerpt: Moroccan Arabic (also known as Darija, ) is the variety of Arabic spoken in the Arabic-speaking areas of Morocco. For official communications, the government and other public bodies use Modern Standard Arabic, as is the case in most Arabic-speaking countries. A mixture of French and Moroccan Arabic is used in business. It is within the Maghrebi Arabic dialect continuum. An overview of the different Arabic dialectsNative speakers typically consider Moroccan Arabic a dialect because it is not a literary language and because it lacks prestige compared to Standard Arabic (). It differs from Standard Arabic in phonology, lexicon, and syntax, and has been influenced by Berber (mainly in its pronunciation, and grammar), French and Spanish. Moroccan Arabic continues to evolve by integrating new French or English words, notably in technical fields, or by replacing old French and Spanish ones with Standard Arabic words within some circles. Darija (which means "dialect") can be divided into two groups: A similar phenomenon can be observed in Algerian Arabic and Tunisian Arabic. Moroccan Arabic has a distinct pronunciation and is nearly unintelligible to other Arabic speakers, but is generally mutually intelligible with other Maghrebi Arabic dialects with which it forms a dialect continuum. It is grammatically simpler, and has a less voluminous vocabulary than Classical Arabic. It has also integrated many Berber, French and Spanish words. Th...

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