An outline of the Shilha (Berber) vernacular of Douiret by Z. Gabsi.

By Z. Gabsi.

The Tunisian Berber (or Shilha) vernaculars are one of the least defined Afroasiatic (Hamito-Semitic) languages to today. even though they've been provisionally assigned to the North-Berber workforce in the Berber department of Afroasiatic, their speedy association continues to be an open query. The important job of this current paintings is to explain the phonology, morphology and syntax of Douiret. much less imperative to the goals of the research is the research of the fundamental 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 learn since it nonetheless keeps a few basic components of Berber constitution which aren't very numerous to different Berber languages comparable to Kabyle and Tamazight. The study indicates that Tunisian Berber nonetheless survives at the present time, yet its destiny continues to be doubtful within the face of the forces of urbanisation, fiscal migration and absence of presidency aid all of that could give a contribution hypothetically to its most probably dying. This examine might 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 virtually non-existent and during this research, is a secondary obstacle. The robust impact of the neighborhood Arabic superstratum on Shilha in phonology, morphology, syntax and lexis can also be investigated, in addition to the presence of Berber components within the particular Arabic dialect of Tunisia. because the thesis identify indicates, this learn shouldn't be taken because the final notice on Berber in Tunisia. The little on hand information on Berber in Tunisia makes the duty tougher in setting up a transparent photograph of its constitution and dating with different Berber languages similar to Kabyle and Tamazight.

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E. in the post-1956 period), Tunisia found itself facing a linguistic dilemma resulting from a complex and historical intermingling of Berber, Tunisian Arabic, Classical Arabic and French. The current irritation was shown in Bourguiba's speech on the 19th of January 1964, when he stated: Faut-il done que je me resolve Chapter 1 General Introduction 18 a prononcer aussi les discours du Mouled (fete anniversaire de la naissance du Prophete) en dialecte, puisque ceux rediges en arabe litteraire et lus semblent avoir mo ins d 'effet en profondeur que les allocutions improvisees?

Basset ( 1950:220) outlines the Berber villages with their respective number of speakers as follows: 35 Chapter 1 General Introduction First, in the southern mainland, Basset distinguishes the following Berber villages: Tamagourt, located sixty kilometers east of Gafsa, is claimed by Basset to be a dialect on the verge of extinction. In the North of Matmata, there are Zraoua, Taoujout and Tamazret. On the east of Tataouine, there are Chninni and Douiret. Second, Basset points that the third of the population of the island of Jerba used to speak Berber.

Bahi 'good' b. buruhin 'pregnant' c. (2) a. babis 'his father' b. anabdu 'spring' b. iblab 'clouds' c. (4) a. arbifi 'spring'

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