Importance Of Language In Morocco

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Since the constitution of 2011 that acknowledges the rights of Amazigh to have their own language; morocco has become a bilingual country. This constitution has come to rectify the linguistic situation in Morocco knowing that the Amazighs make a big part of Moroccan population. Still the question to be asked is if bilingualism in Morocco has come to balance the Moroccan linguistic situation and create equality between the Arabs and the Amazighs. Bouali (2012) reported that in Morocco, the language dilemma has changed from a minor problem to a national matter. It has become obvious that voices either social; political and media outlets are in the process of stirring a debate about language having in mind the Moroccan identity and the…show more content…
The presence of different local and foreign languages leaves room for diversity and creates many sociolinguistic issues. The languages used in Morocco are Classical Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic, Moroccan Arabic, Amazigh, French, and Spanish (as well as English, which has recently started to gain significance). The presence and interaction of these languages indicates that the vast majority of Moroccans, especially the young generation, are bilingual, if not multilingual. Paul Silverstein , David Crawford add When primary school students in the major Berber-speaking regions of Morocco returned to class in September 2004, for the first time ever they were required to study Berber (Tamazight) language. The mandatory language classes in the Rif, the Middle Atlas, the High Atlas and the Sous Valley represent the first significant policy change implemented by the Royal Institute of the Amazigh [Berber] Culture, a government body established by King Mohammed VI on October 17, 2001, following through on a promise made in July of that year on the second anniversary of his ascension to the Moroccan…show more content…
Instead of posing Berber culture as a challenge to national unity, the king promoted embracing it as a necessary step in his project for a “democratic and modernist
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