Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 13. Number3.  September 2022                                Pp.311-324

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The Impact of Education on Language Use in the Algerian Context 

Department of the English Language and Literature
Faculty of Letters and Languages
Mustapha Stambouli University, Mascara, Algeria
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Department of English
Faculty of Letters and Languages
University of Tlemcen, Tlemcen, Algeria


Received: 06/14/2022           Accepted: 08/22/2022                Published:09/24/2022


This research paper attempts to examine the impact of education on language use, i.e., highlighting the sociolinguistic variable, mainly that of education and age, and how it may affect the linguistic behavior in the Arabic Nedroma speech community as a sample population. Nedromi speakers, especially the new generation, tend to correct mistakes; they look at them as stigmatized features in their speech and thus, try to shift to Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). In this regard, the researcher attemps to determine the reasons behind such a change in linguistic behaviors essentially motivated by the influence of education. Methodological triangulation was used in this study. Data were collected through observation, questionnaire, and interview. Based on both quantitative and qualitative methods, the findings reveal that the choice of specific linguistic features by the individual is determined by the speaker’s age category, his level of education, and most importantly, his attitude towards specific linguistic characteristics.
Keywords: age, Algerian context, education, language variability, linguistic features, Nedromi Arabic

Cite as:  AMMOUR. N., & BELMEKKI, A.  (2022). The Impact of Education on Language Use in the Algerian Context.
Arab World English Journal, 13 (3)311-324.


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Received: 06/14/2022
Accepted: 08/22/2022 
Published: 09/24/2022 

Naima AMMOUR is an assistant-professor at the University of Mascara, Algeria. She had been post-graduated with a Magister Degree from Tlemcen University. Now, she is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociolinguistics. Her field of interest is mainly concerned with Sociolinguistics and Education Sciences. ORCID ID:

Prof. Amine BELMEKKI is a full professor at the University of Tlemcen, Algeria. He is also the head of the research laboratory Foreign Languages Policy in Algeria and Teacher Professionalism (FLPATP). His field of interest is mainly concerned with Applied Linguistics, TEFL, Education Sciences, and Educational Psychology as well.