A Conventional Orthography for Tunisian Arabic
Inès Zribi | Rahma Boujelbane | Abir Masmoudi | Mariem Ellouze | Lamia Belguith | Nizar Habash
Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'14)
Tunisian Arabic is a dialect of the Arabic language spoken in Tunisia. Tunisian Arabic is an under-resourced language. It has neither a standard orthography nor large collections of written text and dictionaries. Actually, there is no strict separation between Modern Standard Arabic, the official language of the government, media and education, and Tunisian Arabic; the two exist on a continuum dominated by mixed forms. In this paper, we present a conventional orthography for Tunisian Arabic, following a previous effort on developing a conventional orthography for Dialectal Arabic (or CODA) demonstrated for Egyptian Arabic. We explain the design principles of CODA and provide a detailed description of its guidelines as applied to Tunisian Arabic.