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Language Attitudes: Amazigh in Morocco

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dc.contributor.advisor Fernald, Theodore B. Reino, Tania 2013-01-25T16:01:08Z 2013-01-25T16:01:08Z 2007
dc.description.abstract Based on original ethnographic fieldwork I conducted in Morocco during the months of July 2006 and August 2006, I examine the complex interrelationship between Berber-Arab identities with a focus on social attitudes towards the Amazigh language and culture. First, a brief background on the history of Morocco is presented, with highlights on the Arab invasion of the seventh century, and the French colonization period from 1912 to 1956. The thesis then turns to the present situation of Amazigh in Morocco, regarding its economic position, and its official status in the spheres of education and religion. The role of the IRCAM, the Royal Institute of the Amazigh Culture, located in Rabat, is also presented as an important factor in the shift of language attitudes. I have incorporated two case studies, Bentahila (1992) and Ennaji (1997), that analyze Berber use and attitudes based on questionnaires and interviews conducted in Morocco. The thesis culminates with a report on my fieldwork, where I examine language attitude trends among Moroccans. An extensive selection of quotes is included, where the reader will be able to see vividly Moroccans’ language attitudes and reflections on identity issues. This study suggests the complexity of language attitudes. However, a positive trend could be identified among Berbers, and neutral or ambivalent feelings among the non-Berber participants. en
dc.description.sponsorship Swarthmore College. Dept. of Linguistics en
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dc.rights Full copyright to this work is retained by the student author. It may only be used for non-commercial, research, and educational purposes. All other uses are restricted.
dc.title Language Attitudes: Amazigh in Morocco en
dc.type Thesis (B.A.)

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