Mena Lafkioui and Vermondo Brugnatelli (eds.): Berber in Contact: Linguistic and Sociolinguistic Perspectives. (Berber Studies vol. 22). KÃ¶ln: RÃ¼diger KÃ¶ppe, 2008. 231 pp. EUR 39.80. Berber offers great opportunities for the student of language contact. After 1400 years, Berber is everywhere inï¬uenced by Arabic, while Arabic dialects from Mauritania to western Egypt show the effects of a Berber substratum. Contact with Romance has had a similarly long history, usually less intimate but intensiï¬ed in the colonial era; education perpetuates a ï¬ow of loanwords and even code-mixing, while emigration to Europe has provided a new pathway for rather more intense contact. Less conspicuous but in need of more research are Berber contact with sub-Saharan languages and, not least, intraBerber contact between different varieties. It was thus with high expectations that I opened Berber in Contact: Linguistic and Sociolinguistic Perspectives. The long history of Arabic-Berber contact is underlined by two papers focusing on early Arabic-script sources. Nait-Zerradâs âNotes sur des termes berbÃ¨res dans le Nuzhat al-muÅ¡tÂ¯ q dâEl-Idrisiâ places some of the Berber terms a found in this twelfth-century geography in a comparative perspective. De Felipeâs âMedieval linguistic contacts: Berber language through Arab eyesâ discusses how Arabic-language medieval authors talked
Journal of African Languages and Linguistics – de Gruyter
Published: Dec 1, 2009
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