White Paper on

Modern Standard Arabic

Characteristics that define MSA and Distinguish it from Classical Fus'ha Arabic

 

 

 

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About the White Paper

The white paper used statistical search to assess the use of certain syntactic structures or phrases in Arabic digital content, as an indicator of the use of such structures in MSA. Read more .

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Advisory Board

The Advisory Board reviewed the white paper and offered valuable insights to its content. They also extended support and helped in completing the research. Read more....

Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is defined as the register of Arabic used in modern day media, especially Arabic TV channels and publications, both print and online. However, this term has not yet received adequate linguistic research and study efforts in order to establish standards to distinguish it from Classical Arabic (CA, or Classical Fus’ha Arabic). This white paper attempts to shed some light on the linguistic aspects that distinguish the two registers, and establish preliminary standards to achieve this.

It is worth mentioning that MSA should be distinguished from spoken dialects in various Arabic speaking countries. Dialects are spoken forms that makes Arabic diglossic, but they are not registers of Arabic.

The Advisory Board reviewed the white paper and offered valuable insights to its content. They also extended support and helped in completing the research. We would like to express our utmost gratitude for all their efforts. They are the ladies and gentlemen:

 

 

Dr.. Ali Mohamed

Author

Founder and Managing Director at AL Arabic

 

Dr. Fayeq Oweis

Advisory Board Member

One of the most prominent contemporary Arabic language experts

 

Najwa Jaberi

Advisory Board Member

Chief Operatiions Officer at AL Arabic

 

 

Nasr Ankar

Advisory Board Member

Quality Control Manager at AL Arabic

 

Hana Dudeen

Advisory Board Member

Arabic Digital Content Specialist

 

Wissam Hassan

Advisory Board Member

Arabic content specialist

 

Anas Abbas

Advisory Board Member

Arabic content specialist