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 this present day. even supposing 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 significant 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 fundamental wordstores of the 3 surviving Shilha types 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 assorted to different Berber languages comparable to Kabyle and Tamazight. The examine exhibits that Tunisian Berber nonetheless survives this day, yet its destiny continues to be doubtful within the face of the forces of urbanisation, fiscal migration and shortage of presidency help all of that can give a contribution hypothetically to its most likely demise. This learn might be pursued on the subject of the social and cultural context of the Tunisian Berber vernaculars. study at the nature of language touch bewtween Tunisian Arabic and Shilha is virtually non-existent and during this learn, is a secondary difficulty. The powerful impression of the neighborhood Arabic superstratum on Shilha in phonology, morphology, syntax and lexis is usually investigated, in addition to the presence of Berber parts within the particular Arabic dialect of Tunisia. because the thesis identify indicates, this research shouldn't be taken because the final note on Berber in Tunisia. The little on hand facts on Berber in Tunisia makes the duty more durable in developing a transparent photograph of its constitution and courting with different Berber languages equivalent to Kabyle and Tamazight.

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

Al-Tijani cited in Brett ( 1999:537). t. sing. e. Tunisia] in the late 2nd/late 8th-early century for defence against the Byzantines of Sicily" (Brett 1999:556). 14 Louis (1975:31) did not specify which of the Berber villages were conscious of their ethnicity. Chapter 1 General Introduction In summary, the foregoing outline of the history of the Berbers in Tunisia throws some light on the population make-up of southern Tunisia today. The main emerging pattern from this analysis is that both Berbers and Arabs have co-existed and have experienced relative peace.

C. Nomadic Berber tribes which include the Ataiya and Atemma. While the former occupies the coastal steppe plain of Jefflira, the latter is found in Sidi Toui in vicinity of the Libyan border. In the period spanning from the 14th century to the French occupation ( 1881 ), some of the Berbers of Demer, Zenata and Matmata enlisted with the Hilaliens in their invasion of the Maghrib (Louis 1975:28). With the fall of the Almohade empire in Spain, the Almohade army was forced to return and settle in southern Morocco (in Seguia Hamra) creating a tension with the existing population.

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