[lg policy] unexpected finding for code switching , is there any explication ?

mostari hind hmostari at YAHOO.COM
Tue Jun 9 16:48:17 UTC 2009

dear members, 
may be many of you remember my previous question but the new thing is that after trying an example  on 94 respondents i found that :
60/94 of respondents  say : dik l'astuce ( that astuce ) in front of 34/94 who say : dak l'astuce .
which demonstrates that the great majority regards astuce as feminine in Algerian Arabic  . The problem is that ' astuce is not a common word used within the algerian speech community like in the francophone and even french speech community  , so may be many of the speakers do not know its real meaning .
Also, by applying the hypothesis of phonological shape , here astuce ends with 's' which is regarded as masculine in Arabic . *
So nor translation ( since the word is uncommon ) nor the phonological application techniques can explain such tendency to regard astuce as masculine in Algerian Arabic .
is there any explanation 
all the best 
Dr Mostari

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