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Connecticut College

Publication Date

Spring 2018

Program Name

Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights

Abstract

This paper explores the situation of the Amazigh language and its revitalization in Morocco, specifically aiming to shed light on the intersections of language use, technology, and youth, in order to obtain insight into processes that Amazighophone youth both undergo and enact in their lives. Through literature review and an interview, this research provides a glimpse into the use and reality of Amazigh and variants in technological media and an example of the shortcomings of a short-termed fieldwork research project. In all, despite only having one interview with one young woman who attends university and speaks Amazigh, the results provide insight into the situation of the Amazigh language as youth express agency and creativity for bringing awareness and sharing knowledge of Amazigh culture, and as issues of alphabet usage and standardization come up as obstacles. The exploration opens up many possibilities for up-to-date, relevant topics to better assess the realities of many cultural phenomena in relation to human rights, such as the revitalization of the Amazigh language, and it also demonstrates the hope for the Amazigh language as youth use technology to communicate and promote the culture and language.

Disciplines

African Studies | Anthropological Linguistics and Sociolinguistics | Mass Communication | Other Linguistics

 

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