Arabic-French Code switching in the Maghreb: An Examination of Changes in Syntax and Perceptions

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2020
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This paper examines Arabic-French code switching in the Maghreb using data found on Twitter. Using the work of Bentahila & Davies (1983) as a reference, I found that the syntactic rules governing Arabic-French code switching in this region have remained the same; namely, code switching can occur at all boundaries beyond word boundaries as long as it does not violate restrictions within the two languages. Moreover, by considering the results of past studies concentrating on perceptions regarding code switching in the Maghreb, I conclude modern perceptions of Arabic-French code switching in the Maghreb are less negative than past perceptions. Finally, despite Arabization movements in each country post-independence, it seems that French is still regarded as a more sophisticated language and is still taught in schools and used heavily in more technical fields.
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