This paper presents empirical evidence from the Moroccan contact situation to challenge the current theoretical understanding whereby local languages, Standard Arabic (SA) and Moroccan Arabic (MA), are presented as iconic of local identity and synonymous to cultural authenticity, while French, the ex-colonial code, is imbued with status-bearing traits and aspectual of modernity. The study shows that the ideology of modernity, as a hegemonic tool, relegates local languages to the domain of the cultural, thus undermining their competitive edge, while allowing French's exclusive projection of modernity to acquire solidarity traits, which have, up to now, been argued to belong exclusively to local codes.
Selected Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference on African Linguistics: African Languages and Linguistics Today
edited by Eyamba G. Bokamba, Ryan K. Shosted, and Bezza Tesfaw Ayalew
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