New elaborate written forms in Darija

Blogging, posting and slamming in Morocco

Authored by: Dominique Caubet

The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Linguistics

Print publication date:  January  2018
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138783331
eBook ISBN: 9781315147062
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What is often called “Colloquial Arabic” has never had any official recognition or development, and therefore, any codified spelling. At best, during some historical periods, habits were taken about the spelling of such elements as verbal endings, affixed pronouns, preverbs or prepositions. But it never had any normative grammar and there are several ways in which one can adapt the Arabic (or Latin, or Hebrew) script to spell it. But freedom to write (encode) means difficulty in reading (decoding), if there is no regularity.

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