- “They don’t speak Arabic”: Producing and Reproducing Language Ideologies toward Moroccan Arabic
- Al-ʿArabiyya: Journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic
- Georgetown University Press
- Volume 52, 2019
- pp. 73-99
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Drawing on theories of language ideologies and discourse analysis, this article explores the sociolinguistic side of an Arabic study abroad program that took place in Morocco. The article examines the ways in which participants’ attitudes toward Moroccan Arabic draw from prevalent language ideologies that organize the Eastern and Western Arabic varieties and characterize the Eastern dialects as pure and more accessible to learners of Arabic. Analysis of the data demonstrates how such language ideologies, often related to notions of linguistic purism and language valorization, are produced and reproduced and are transferred or shifted within Arabic classrooms. The data also shows how study abroad experiences affect these language ideologies and influence the sociolinguistic awareness of student participants.