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The Western Berber Stratum in Kwarandzyey

Souag, Lameen (2010) 'The Western Berber Stratum in Kwarandzyey.' In: Ibriszimow, Dymitr and Kossmann, Maarten and Stroomer, Harry and Vossen, Rainer, (eds.), Études berbères V – Essais sur des variations dialectales et autres articles. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe, pp. 177-189. (Berber Studies)

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Abstract

By examining regular correspondences and vocabulary distribution, this article demonstrates that many of the Berber loans in Kwarandzyey (Korandjé) derive neither from the Berber varieties currently spoken near the oasis nor from Tuareg, but rather from the highly divergent Western subfamily of Berber to which Zenaga and Tetserrét belong. These loans are particularly conspicuous in the domains of herding, marriage, and religion. Their presence implies that Western Berber must once have been far more widely spoken, including areas near at least one of Tabelbala or the Niger bend. The principal sound changes that have affected Kwarandzyey are also examined.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: language contact, historical linguistics, Berber, Songhay, lexical borrowing, sound change, Wörter und Sachen, Saharan history
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of Linguistics
International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies (IFCELS)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
ISBN: 9783896459282
Depositing User: Lameen Souag
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2012 11:52
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/13431

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