author={Maarten Kossmann},
  journal={The Oxford Handbook of African Languages},
  • M. Kossmann
  • Published 26 March 2020
  • Linguistics
  • The Oxford Handbook of African Languages
Berber languages are a close-knit language group within Afro-Asiatic. In Berber scientific and political discourse, there is a tendency to play down the differences, and often Berber is represented as one single language with only some superficial regional variation. Berber dialectology is predominantly synchronic. Instead of providing a tree-model of the different varieties, this chapter, by using different approaches, attempts to define a number of different synchronic blocks. In a block-like… 
Rif Berber: From Senhaja to Iznasen. A qualitative and quantitative approach to classification
Abstract By combining qualitative (synchronic and diachronic) and quantitative (algorithmic) approaches, this study examines the nature, structure, and dynamics of the linguistic variation attested
Definiteness in second language acquisition: Preliminary results regarding Indo-European and Afroasiatic languages
This article describes and compares the way in which definiteness is expressed in Romance (Catalan and Spanish) and some Slavic and Afro-Asian languages. We present some difficulties concerning
Amazigh-Arabic Language Contact Phenomena: Introduction
As far back as the 7 century C.E., (Moroccan) Amazigh (AM) (commonly referred to as Berber) and (Moroccan) Arabic (MA) got into contact (e.g. Aguadé, 2008; Boukous, 1995; Brugnatelli, 2011; Palva,
A reconstruction of the system of verb aspects in proto-Berbero-Semitic
Abstract Several verbal forms reconstructed for proto-Semitic strongly resemble reconstructed forms in proto-Berber: compare Semitic yV-PaRRaS to Berber y-əFăRRăS, Semitic yV-PRaS to Berber y-əFRăS,
Concurrent Cognate and Contact-induced Plural Traits in Afro-Asiatic: Amazigh id- and Arabic -at Plurals
Lesser studied Moroccan Amazigh and Arabic plurals are id-plurals and at-plurals, respectively, which include morphologically simple/complex words, items with expressive morphology, and borrowings.
A Conceptual Study of Metaphors in Moroccan Tachelhit Variety
This paper investigates conceptual metaphors in the Moroccan Tachelhit variety in the light of the contemporary theory of metaphor advanced by Lakoff and Johnson (1980). The main objective of this
Noun modifiers and the n preposition in Siwi Berber (Egypt)
Abstract The three most common strategies used to modify a head noun, namely through a possessive, an adjective and a relative clause construction feature in Siwi the use of the preposition n. Its
(Northwest) Semitic sg. *CVCC-, pl. *CVCaC-ū-: Broken plural or regular reflex?
  • B. Suchard, J. Groen
  • Linguistics
    Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
  • 2021
Abstract This paper provides a new explanation for the insertion of *a in plural forms of *CVCC- nouns also formed with an external plural suffix, e.g. *ʕabd- : *ʕabad-ū- ‘servant(s)’, in various
Grammaticalization of nouns meaning “head” into reflexive markers: A cross-linguistic study
Abstract Studies on the grammaticalization of body-part nouns into reflexives have often formulated cross-linguistic generalizations, but have mostly failed to provide detailed analyses of similar
Acoustic correlates of lexical stress in Moroccan Arabic
Presently there is no consensus regarding the interpretation and analysis of the stress system of Moroccan Arabic. This paper tests whether the acoustic realisation of syllables support one widely