Definitions : classical Arabic, literary, literal, written ...
Written Arabic, modern, traditional, literary, dialectal, Eastern, Maghrebian, intermediate language. What is it ?
Some definitions to make the good choice.
Classical Arabic :
This name indicates the Arab language in its most traditional and oldest form. That relates the Koranic text of course, but also old poetry, sums of treaties theological and/or philosophical, historical, literary.
Literary Arabic :
This name is only one alternative of the preceding one, it is used however to indicate the trainings in Arab language with strong literary contents, in the university and school courses, for example.
Written Arabic :
More subtle, more targeted, this name as well designates "contemporary Arabic" (literature, media, administrations, environment), that its oral dimension as an international exchange and working language. Very closely related to traditional Arabic, written Arabic is the language of modernity.
Modern written Arabic :
One adds the "modern" adjective for better underlining the difference with literary or traditional Arabic.
Dialectal Arabic :
Let us say that the dialectal Arabic is the extremely simplified shape of the classical Arabic or literal, it is the language spoken about the every day who does not embarrass all rigid rules of the written language. One traditionally distinguishes two large "blocks" from dialects : the Eastern Bloc (Egypt, Syria, Irak .) and the Maghrebian block (Mauritania , Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya). Inside the same block, there are "national" speeches. The , spontaneous communication, is a little bit complicated between speakers of the two blocks : one then use "the written Arabic" or what is called today "intermediate Arabic".
Intermediate Arabic, or intermediate language :
Intermediate Arabic is a language who is located between the literal and the dialectal. A speaker well-read man (who knows the written Arabic) is able to communicate with interlocutors who do not speak the same dialect as him. To oversilmplify: what we call “Middle Arabic” is a language level between Modern Standard and Spoken Arabic.In order to be understood by a number of interlocutors, each familiar with a different version of Spoken Arabic, a learned speaker, versed in Modern Standard Arabic, will use and mix dialectal and modern standard structures. Furthermore, he will use a modern standard terminology, choosing words used by all…