Exploring Two Cases of Amazigh Maintenance and Shift in a Moroccan Higher Education Institution




Lamguage Maintenance and Shift, Amazigh, Moroccan Arabic, Domains, Social Network


The study of Language Maintenance and Shift (LMS) is mainly concerned with exploring the effects of contact between two varieties or more on the speakers' "habitual use" of these varieties. This paper focuses on investigating two cases of LMS among native Amazigh-speaking youngsters who were enrolled at a higher education institution in the city of Agadir, Morocco. With regard to their linguistic background, the two cases are bilingual in an Amazigh variety (Tashlhit) as their mother tongue and Moroccan Arabic (Darija) as their L2. The purpose of the study is to explore the possible determinants of LMS among these two cases by exploring both their language choice patterns and social networks in particular language use domains (family and school). The instruments utilized to collect data included 'natural speech' recordings, self-report questionnaires, and interviews. The collected data were analyzed and interpreted in the light of Domain analysis and Social Network theories. The results revealed inconsistency in the case studies' patterns and determinants of LMS. Accordingly, the study concluded by recommending adopting more comprehensive models to better comprehend the dynamics of LMS in indigenous settings.


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Author Biographies

Abdelaziz Ait Taleb, Ibn Zohr university

Phd student

English Studies Department

Ibn Zohr University, Agadir

Mohamed El Ghazi

Associate Professor, English studies Department

Ibn Zohr university, Agadir



How to Cite

Ait Taleb, A., & El Ghazi, M. (2021). Exploring Two Cases of Amazigh Maintenance and Shift in a Moroccan Higher Education Institution. International Journal of Language and Literary Studies, 3(2), 145–155. https://doi.org/10.36892/ijlls.v3i2.609