Maghrebi Arabic alphabet (دارجة)
The Maghrebi Arabic alphabet is a way of writing the Maghrebi
dialects of Arabic (Tunisian, Algerian, and Moroccan) devised
by Emad Adel. This alphabet is based on how people write the
Maghrebi dialects on social media and in literature, such as
the Bible and dictionaries. Some Facebook pages have started
Emad's goal was to create a single written Maghrebi language
instead of having three different languages or even more.
This was possible by using Arabic script and relying on Modern
Standard Arabic orthography.
- ظ is not used in writing Maghrebi and it is replaced with ض.
- Alif has no particular sound. At the beginning of words by means of diacritics it can denote à (آ), a (اَ), i (اِ), u (اُ) but elsewhere, it always denotes à. However, only the diacritic of à (آ) is commonly written.
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