Review of Agreement, Pronominal Clitics and Negation , by Hamid Ouali. 2011. Great Britain: Continuum, Studies in Theoretical Linguistics. 190 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4411-0127-3. 1. Introduction The book investigates some main properties of the morphosyntax of Tamazight Berber. After
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idiosyncratic, if they are identified as markers at all. 1 In this paper, I put forth a claim to the effect that the linear order of markers in templates corresponds to their relative hierarchical position. I bring to bear data from Taqbaylit Berber and Standard German. On the basis of a systematic
From VSO to Topic-Initial
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1. Introduction There appears to be a unanimous view in the literature that Berber 1 has an unquestionable basic VSO word order. Other possible orders are argued to be derived and therefore marked in one way or another. To the extent that this claim has become the norm in the
Basset, René and Yver, G.
The Berbers have been settled in North Africa since remote antiquity. The ancient historians and geographers mention them under various names; the Nasamones and Psylli in Cyrenaïca and Tripolitania; the Garamantes leading a nomadic life in the Sahara; the Makyles and Maxices in the Tunisian Ṣāḥel
Voigt, Rainer (Berlin)
[German version] Language of the original inhabitants of Northern Africa (west of the Nile) and of the Canary Islands, except for the Negroids documented in rock paintings, called Libyans by the Greeks, rbw by the Egyptians, and Numidae (‘nomads’) by the Romans. Old-Berber (Libyan, Numidian) with
partie la plus méridionale du territoire mīrafābī comme formant un petit royaume séparé, connu sous le nom de Ra’s al-Wādī, sous l’autorité d’un membre de la famille Timsāḥ. Le Berber était un important centre de commerce; une route, allant de la Haute-Égypte, à travers le désert nubien, atteignait le
At the end of the 7th century, when the first Arabs came to Morocco during the Islamic conquests, Berber was the dominant language in Northern Africa with the exception of some Latinized towns on the Mediterranean coast, whose inhabitants were Romance speakers. After the Islamic conquests, the
of government was transferred to al-Dāmer. The railway from ʿAtbara to Port Sudan and Sawākin (Suakim), opened in 1906 seriously affected the caravan traffic from Berber and destroyed the importance of the town.
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La langue berbère au Maghreb médiéval is a new contribution to the historical and linguistic studies in that many materials on the Berber language are the subject of a specific monograph. Several facts of language are connected by an accurate frame and are gathered to highlight textual clues collected from various sources written in Arabic and Berber. The four parts of the book treat contributions of narrative documentation, hagiographical literature and Ibadi texts and the importance of contacts between Berber and African languages through the narrative literature and Islamic epigraphy. This book was conceived as a documentary essay, but also to attract the attention of researchers on the relatively well-documented presence of the Berber language in the texts produced in Arab-Muslim environment from the Middle Ages to Modern era.