Moroccan artists ‘blacklisted’

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This paper explores contestation in digital metalinguistic discourse from the perspective of the Maghreb-Mashreq language ideology – the unequal relationship between North African and Middle Eastern vernacular Arabic varieties. Specifically, the paper examines a Facebook page dedicated to the ‘Blacklisting’ of Moroccan artists who converge to Mashreqi Arabic varieties in pan-Arab encounters through examining these artists’ communicative practices and argues that the Blacklist Facebook is a discursive site that works to demand national dialect loyalty, especially from female cultural figures. However, the anxieties and language ideological debates made explicit on the Facebook page are not exclusively about language; more broadly, they unravel the complex relationships between communicative practice, morality, and today’s conceptualizations of Moroccan national identity.


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