Felipe Benjamin Francisco
New Texts in the Arabic Dialect of Essaouira (Jewish and Muslim Varieties)
This paper consists of a collection of oral texts in the Arabic dialect of Essaouira (Mogador), providing updated linguistic data on the Jewish and Muslim dialects of the Moroccan town and the Chiadma territory. The transcription and translation of the texts are followed by comments which highlight salient features
of these communal dialects, including linguistic variants registered for the first time in southern Morocco. The texts comprehend personal experiences, memories of the old times of religious coexistence and popular local stories. The interviewees present a wide range of backgrounds: Jewish and Muslim, urban and rural, young and elder, male and female. In this way, these oral texts are a first step to understanding how the Muslim dialect and the Judeo-Arabic of Essaouira have evolved and interacted through time.
Keywords Arabic dialectology, Chiadma, communal dialects, Essaouira, field research, Judeo-Arabic, Moroccan Arabic