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Berber

Authors
  • Souag, Lameen
Publication Date
May 20, 2020
Identifiers
DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3744535
OAI: oai:HAL:halshs-02945922v1
Source
HAL-Descartes
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Language
English
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Abstract

Arabic has influenced Berber at all levels – not just lexically, but phonologically, morphologically, and syntactically – to an extent varying from region to region. Arabic influence is especially prominent in smaller northern and eastern varieties, but is substantial even in the largest varieties; only in Tuareg has Arabic influence remained relatively limited. This situation is the result of a long history of large-scale asymmetrical bilingualism often accompanied by language shift.

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