By Z. Gabsi.
The Tunisian Berber (or Shilha) vernaculars are one of the least defined Afroasiatic (Hamito-Semitic) languages to today. 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 primary activity of this current paintings is to explain the phonology, morphology and syntax of Douiret. much less relevant to the goals of the research is the research of the fundamental wordstores of the 3 surviving Shilha forms which come with Douiret, Chninni (or Chenini) and Ouirsighen (Jerba). The Shilha number of Douiret is selected for this examine since it nonetheless keeps a few basic components of Berber constitution which aren't very diverse to different Berber languages equivalent 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 absence of presidency help all of that could give a contribution hypothetically to its most probably demise. This learn could be pursued with 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 learn, is a secondary problem. The powerful 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 parts within the designated Arabic dialect of Tunisia. because the thesis name 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 more durable in setting up a transparent photograph of its constitution and dating with different Berber languages resembling Kabyle and Tamazight.
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Extra resources for An outline of the Shilha (Berber) vernacular of Douiret (Southern Tunisia)
On se sent Tunisien comme eux; mais al 'occasion on aime ase redire Berbere fier de sa langue et de son passe". Similarly to the case of Moroccan Berbers, the Berbers in Tunisia are aware of the importance of learning Arabic and French in order to be successful in the Tunisian society. 3 Aims The primary focus of the present study is to provide a structural analysis of Douiret in phonology, morphology and syntax. This study throws some light on this little known Chapter I General Introduction 32 variety of Berber in Tunisia which may assist future scholars in reassessing its current classification as an offshoot of the Northem Berber branch.
The labialised velar yw is also observed in both Ouirsighen and Douiret. In addition, Collins (1981: 288) identifies that Douiret has an 'ultra' short vowel, but does not confirm that it is phonemic. 2 Consonants of Chninni and Ouirsighen are set out in Appendix III, p. 379. 2). All examples that contain an allophone are bracketed. 2 Stops The phoneme lb/ is a bilabial stop. (l) a. bahi 'good' b. buruhin 'pregnant' c. (2) a. babis 'his father' b. anabdu 'spring' b. iblab 'clouds' c. (4) a. arbifi 'spring' The comparison of the phonological system of Douiret; with its neighbours Chninni and Ouirsighen shows minor differences. As expected, Chninni and Douiret share by and large more phonological affinities than does Douiret with Ouirsighen due to their geographical proximity. The Ouirsighen system includes a number of distinctions which will be given as footnotes in this chapter. 2There are twenty-nine primary consonantal phonemes in Douiret. 3 Pencheon's (1983: 25-26) outline of phonology shows that Berber in Tunisia has only three vowels (a, i, u).
An outline of the Shilha (Berber) vernacular of Douiret (Southern Tunisia) by Z. Gabsi.
The comparison of the phonological system of Douiret; with its neighbours Chninni and Ouirsighen shows minor differences. As expected, Chninni and Douiret share by and large more phonological affinities than does Douiret with Ouirsighen due to their geographical proximity. The Ouirsighen system includes a number of distinctions which will be given as footnotes in this chapter. 2There are twenty-nine primary consonantal phonemes in Douiret. 3 Pencheon's (1983: 25-26) outline of phonology shows that Berber in Tunisia has only three vowels (a, i, u).