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This chapter deals with the issue of the characterization of Standard Arabic in terms of gender. Fatima Sadiqi qualifies Standard Arabic as a male language par excellence, given its role in the religious domain in Moroccan society. It is the men who were and are more competent in that language because men are much more dominant in the religious establishment. In the seventies and eighties of the last century, Abbassi and Gravel executed large language surveys among students in Moroccan educational institutions, followed by the 1992 study of El-Biad. These studies produced sociolinguistic images in which the subjects showed a fairly constant preference for using French over using Standard Arabic, while showing very positive attitudes towards the latter language.

Keywords: Fatima Sadiqi; language; Morocco



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