Proposal: Arabic Language
This question recently made me wonder about this proposal: http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/62022/arabic-language/67683#67683 whereby it essentially asks for a map between Quranic and MS Arabic.
This has got me wondering: how would we deal with the differences in dialects?
Most Western Arabic learners will infact be using Quranic Arabic, for example every Arabic learning course I find is in fact for Quranic Arabic, not MSA.
This could, of course, cause misunderstandings and irregularities on the site for people who are expecting MSA but are infact getting classical, resulting in incorrect questions and answers.
But this discussion might not end there, since there are many variants of Arabic you could extend this to many more situations, and all dialects that this site might attract.
I see three solutions currently:
- state in the question what dialect it is
- tag the dialect, MSA has a tag and classical has one
- Assume ALL questions and answers are MSA or classical
The last one is one that is actually implemented by SE itself whereby it assmes UK English as its default English dialect but that is possible since the differences between US and UK English is merely omittance of letters and the conversion of "s" to "z".
So what would be the way to deal with this problem?