Arabic, Moroccan Spoken


A language of Morocco

Alternate Names
Colloquial Arabic, Maghrebi Arabic, Maghribi, Moroccan Arabic, Moroccan Colloquial Arabic, Moroccan Dareja, Moroccan Darija, Moroccan Dereja

18,800,000 in Morocco (1995). Population total all countries: 21,048,600.


North, south of Atlas Mountains, including Sahara port cities. Also in Belgium, Egypt, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Libya, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Western Sahara.

Language Status

3 (Wider communication). De facto national working language.


Fez, Jebli (Jbala, Jebelia), Marrakech, Meknes, Oujda, Rabat-Casablanca Arabic, Southern Morocco Arabic, Tangier.


SVO; prepositions; genitives, adjectives, relatives after noun heads; articles and numerals before noun heads; question word initial; prefixes 3. suffixes 4; word order distinguishes subjects, objects, indirect objects, topic and comment; affixes do not indicate case of noun phrase; verb affixes mark person, number, gender of subject, object-obligatory; CCVCC; nontonal

Language Use

5,000,000 L2 speakers. Speakers are keenly aware of differences with other Arabic varieties.

Language Development
NT: 1932–2012.
Arabic script.
Other Comments

Muslim (Sunni).

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