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Moroccan Arabic
(7,514 words)

1. General

This is a tentative description of the Moroccan koine, spoken in most urban areas of Morocco. It is important to note that this is not one of the old, prestigious, pre-Hilālian dialects like the ones spoken in Fes, Old Rabat, Salé, or Tetouan. The latter present too many peculiarities to become koineized. There are many regional varieties of Moroccan Arabic, but among a group of speakers from the Maghreb, one can always distinguish a Moroccan from an Algerian or a Tunisian after only a few words.

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Dominique Caubet, “Moroccan Arabic”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0220>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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