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A Conventional Orthography for Maghrebi Arabic
Proceedings of the International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC), Portorož, Slovenia (2016)
  • Houcemeddine Turki
  • Emad Adel, Lycée secondaire Sbikha 1979
  • Tariq Daouda
  • Nassim Regragui
Abstract

Maghrebi Arabic is the set of dialects of the Arabic language spoken in the Maghreb (Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Libya and Mauritania). This set of dialects is under-resourced and has neither a standard orthography nor large collections of written text and dictionaries. Actually, there is no strict separation between Modern Standard Arabic, the official language of the government, media and education, and Maghrebi Arabic; the two exist on a continuum dominated by mixed forms. In this paper, we present a conventional orthography for Maghrebi Arabic, following a previous effort on developing a conventional orthography for Dialectal Arabic (or CODA) demonstrated for Egyptian, Tunisian and Algerian Arabic. We explain the design principles of CODA and provide a detailed description of its guidelines as applied to Maghrebi Arabic.

Keywords
  • Maghrebi Arabic,
  • Arabic Dialect,
  • Orthography,
  • CODA
Publication Date
Spring May 24, 2016
Publisher Statement

This paper was not presented in LREC 2016 even if it was accepted in this international conference due to a lack of funding and time. However, we have posted the paper online as we are convinced that the paper can provide significant contributions to the development of the CODA research.

Citation Information
Houcemeddine Turki, Emad Adel, Tariq Daouda and Nassim Regragui. "A Conventional Orthography for Maghrebi Arabic" Proceedings of the International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC), Portorož, Slovenia (2016)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/houcemeddine_turki/21/
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