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Code-switching in websites for the Moroccan diaspora

Marley, D (2011) Code-switching in websites for the Moroccan diaspora In: Code-switching, Languages in Contact and Electronic Writings. Sprache, Mehrsprachigkeit und sozialer Wandel, 14 . Peter Lang, Frankfurt, pp. 33-52. ISBN 3631609108

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This chapter explores the area of language use in websites aimed at the Moroccan diaspora in France and in the UK. It gives a context by discussing languages in contact in Morocco and in the Moroccan diaspora, in particular the phenomenon of code-switching, contrasting the very different situations of the Moroccan communities in France and the UK. The chapter then focuses on two websites, one aimed at the Moroccan community in France, one at the Moroccan community in the UK, and analyses a sample of language taken from the forums of each site. In both cases the language used is colloquial, reflecting normal casual speech, but the occurrence of code-switching is different, reflecting differences in the two communities. The UK site has a far higher incidence of switches to Arabic, suggesting that Moroccans in France do not feel the need for Arabic words as much as UK-based Moroccans. This suggests that UK based Moroccans feel the need to emphasise their origins through use of Arabic, whereas the Moroccan community in France finds French an adequate means of expression – they feel ‘Moroccan via French’. In both cases, however, it is clear that the users of the website are not educated in Arabic – their spelling and even division of words – reflects French or English literacy. Titre provisoire de mon travail en cours: Langues et identités dans les sites internet pour les Marocains en dehors du Maroc.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages > Languages and Translation
Authors :
Marley, D
Editors :
Laroussi, F
Date : 13 April 2011
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of a book chpater published as Marley D (2011). Code-switching in websites for the Moroccan diaspora. In Code-switching, Languages in Contact and Electronic Writings. Editors: Laroussi F. 14: 33-52. Peter Lang, Frankfurt. Available online at:
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Date Deposited : 04 Jul 2012 15:04
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:38

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