An outline of the Shilha (Berber) vernacular of Douiret - download pdf or read online

By Z. Gabsi.

The Tunisian Berber (or Shilha) vernaculars are one of the least defined Afroasiatic (Hamito-Semitic) languages to at the present time. even if they've been provisionally assigned to the North-Berber staff in the Berber department of Afroasiatic, their instant association is still an open query. The vital job of this current paintings is to explain the phonology, morphology and syntax of Douiret. much less principal to the goals of the research is the research of the elemental wordstores of the 3 surviving Shilha kinds which come with Douiret, Chninni (or Chenini) and Ouirsighen (Jerba). The Shilha number of Douiret is selected for this research since it nonetheless keeps a few basic parts of Berber constitution which aren't very varied to different Berber languages similar to Kabyle and Tamazight. The examine indicates that Tunisian Berber nonetheless survives this day, yet its destiny continues to be doubtful within the face of the forces of urbanisation, monetary migration and absence of presidency help all of which can give a contribution hypothetically to its most likely demise. This research can be pursued as regards to the social and cultural context of the Tunisian Berber vernaculars. examine at the nature of language touch bewtween Tunisian Arabic and Shilha is essentially non-existent and during this research, is a secondary drawback. The robust impact of the neighborhood Arabic superstratum on Shilha in phonology, morphology, syntax and lexis is additionally investigated, in addition to the presence of Berber components within the special Arabic dialect of Tunisia. because the thesis name indicates, this research shouldn't be taken because the final notice on Berber in Tunisia. The little to be had information on Berber in Tunisia makes the duty tougher in constructing a transparent photograph of its constitution and courting with different Berber languages comparable to Kabyle and Tamazight.

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Ibn al-Faq1h al-Hamadhani (AD 903) claimed that "the Berbers originated in Palestine. They moved to the Maghrib when their king, Goliath, was killed by David" (alHamadhani cited in Norris 1982:34 ). He added that the Berber immigrants "have settled in the nearest Sus [Sous] behind Tangier [in Morocco] and in the furthest Sus some two thousand and fifty miles from Qamuniya which is the place where al-Quayrawan [ Kairouan 16, in Tunisia] stands today". This theory was rejected by Ibn Khaldun in the 15 For further discussion on the origin of Berbers, see Norris (l 987:34 ).

Pencheon (1983:32) summarises the interrelationship between the Berber language and identity in a societal context where the dominant language is the prestigious one by stating that: 26 27 Chapter 1 General Introduction Si la langue et la litterature berberes ne praissent done pas constituer un moyen d'identite de l 'individu avec la societe au-de la des limites de son entourage immediat, l 'arabe par contre jouit d'une grande puissance culturelle. Langue de la nation, de la religion, de l'ecole - et l'ecole connaft un prestige sans reserve-, langue aussi de la radio, ce qui aujourd'hui est un facteur important, l'arabe cerne le berbere de taus les cotes et le repousse vers le seul emploi affectif, l 'emploi au sein de la famille.

They moved to the Maghrib when their king, Goliath, was killed by David" (alHamadhani cited in Norris 1982:34 ). He added that the Berber immigrants "have settled in the nearest Sus [Sous] behind Tangier [in Morocco] and in the furthest Sus some two thousand and fifty miles from Qamuniya which is the place where al-Quayrawan [ Kairouan 16, in Tunisia] stands today". This theory was rejected by Ibn Khaldun in the 15 For further discussion on the origin of Berbers, see Norris (l 987:34 ). 16 For its location, cf.

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