A Tarifit Berber-English Dictionary: Documenting an Endangered Language

A Tarifit Berber-English Dictionary: Documenting an Endangered Language

By: Clive W. McClelland (author)Hardback

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The Berbers are the original inhabitants of North Africa, in residence long before the Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals or the Arabs. Their languages, from the Afroasiatic language family, are spoken throughout the region, from the Siwa Oasis in Egypt to the Atlantic coast, and as far south as southern Niger and Mali. This book is a representation of the most commonly utilized words and phrases in one of these Berber dialects, in northeastern Morocco. Despite the fact that more than 1 million inhabitants speak the language today, social and economic changes are causing many young people to leave their mother tongue and concentrate on languages of upward mobility, such as Modern Standard Arabic, French and Spanish. Consequently, in an effort to help preserve this unwritten, little-studied and undocumented language, this work was produced.

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Dr. McClelland was born and raised in Central Texas where he acquired a fascination for languages, both ancient and modern. He received his PhD in Linguistics from the University of Texas, Arlington. He resides in Virginia, where he teaches English and Linguistics at Liberty University.


Foreword, Preface, Acknowledgements; List of Figures; List of Tables; List of Abbreviations and Symbols; Introduction; General; Phonology; Morphology; Syntax; Discourse pragmatics and clause structure; Interrelations of syntax, pragmatics and story structure; A final word; Tarifit Berber-English Dictionary; Bibliography; Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 31/12/2004
  • ISBN13: 9780773463455
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 422
  • ID: 9780773463455
  • ISBN10: 0773463453

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