By Z. Gabsi.
The Tunisian Berber (or Shilha) vernaculars are one of the least defined Afroasiatic (Hamito-Semitic) languages to this present day. even supposing they've been provisionally assigned to the North-Berber team in the Berber department of Afroasiatic, their rapid association continues to be an open query. The vital activity of this current paintings is to explain the phonology, morphology and syntax of Douiret. much less important to the goals of the research is the research of the elemental wordstores of the 3 surviving Shilha types which come with Douiret, Chninni (or Chenini) and Ouirsighen (Jerba). The Shilha number of Douiret is selected for this research since it nonetheless keeps a few primary parts of Berber constitution which aren't very distinct to different Berber languages similar to Kabyle and Tamazight. The learn indicates that Tunisian Berber nonetheless survives this present day, yet its destiny continues to be doubtful within the face of the forces of urbanisation, monetary migration and absence of presidency aid all of that can give a contribution hypothetically to its most likely demise. This learn can be pursued as regards to the social and cultural context of the Tunisian Berber vernaculars. examine at the nature of language touch bewtween Tunisian Arabic and Shilha is essentially non-existent and during this examine, is a secondary hindrance. The robust impact of the neighborhood Arabic superstratum on Shilha in phonology, morphology, syntax and lexis can also be investigated, in addition to the presence of Berber parts within the distinct Arabic dialect of Tunisia. because the thesis name indicates, this learn shouldn't be taken because the final be aware on Berber in Tunisia. The little to be had facts on Berber in Tunisia makes the duty tougher in setting up a transparent photo of its constitution and dating with different Berber languages similar to Kabyle and Tamazight.
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Negative attitude towards Maghribine dialects have made its speakers feel inadequate and ashamed, especially when they are a minority among a majority of Eastern Arabic speakers. IS This is reminiscent ofGiles's "accommodation theory" where she defines it as: 18 This phenomenon is observed in the writer's own observations in the Australian context where Tunisians communicate with Egyptian and Lebanese speakers. Chapter 1 General Introduction 16 A basic postulate of accommodation theory is that people are motivated to adjust their speech style, or accommodate, as means of expressing values, attitudes and intentions towards others.
2 The Berber villages of Chninni, Douiret and Ouirsighen23 In the last ten years, there has arisen an interest in preserving and promoting the Berber languages spoken in Morocco and Algeria. a Berber of Tunisia, however, has received until now little attention from either foreign or local linguists. The exact size of the Berber population remains uncertain. Probably less than one percent of Tunisia's total population today speak Shilba (approximately 90,000 speakers). This figure is low compared with the Berber population of Morocco and Algeria with thirty-five percent and twenty percent respectively.
Grammatical data for Kabyle is based on the following descriptive sources: Chaker (1983), Bader and Kentowicz (1984) and Mammeri (1992). For Tamazight and other Berber varieties, the main consulted works were Laoust (1928), Basset (1929), Hanouz (1968), Ennaji (1985), Aikhenvald (1986); (1987); (1988a); (1998b); (1995), Nalt-Zerrad (1994) and Sadiqi (1986); (1997). For other references, cf. the annotated bibliography. The Tunisian Arabic word-list is based on the sub-dialect spoken in Hammamet, situated in the lower north-eastern part of Cape Bon (cf.