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A Descriptive Content Analysis of Language Conflict: Ideology and Identity among University Students in Algeria


Bara Nesma*

Globalization and the rapid development of social media have created an important context for people to communicate in a variety of languages. Language, according to academics, is at the heart of people's language communication and plays an important role in resolving and managing conflicts between diverse social groups; however, it can result in a variety of language conflicts: “language conflicts can be brought about by changes in the expansion of the social structure when there is a linguistic contact between distinct language groups” (Inglehart/ Woodward 1967). Despite its extensive linguistic heritage, Algeria has long been plagued by political, social, and cultural upheaval. According to several experts, Algerian students, switch, mix, and borrow words from other languages. In addition to their mother tongue(s), Arabic and Berber, they use French words due to long-standing colonial contacts. And, recently, the use of English words has become most common since it is the world's dominant language that is gaining popularity. This study focuses on analyzing the content of different Algerian academic works to demonstrate the paradoxical relations between language(s) contact and conflicts, and how to preserve national identity and manage language ideology among university learners in Algeria. Also, highlights the influence of globalization and social media in shaping the social and cultural perspectives of EFL students.

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