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LINGUIST List 19.1290

Wed Apr 16 2008

Books: Sociolinguistics: Berjaoui

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, The Moroccan Arabic Substitution ġuş: Berjaoui

Message 1: The Moroccan Arabic Substitution ġuş: Berjaoui
Date: 09-Apr-2008
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: The Moroccan Arabic Substitution ġuş: Berjaoui
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Title: The Moroccan Arabic Substitution ġuş
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Afroasiatic Linguistics 21
Published: 2008
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Nasser Berjaoui
Paperback: ISBN: 9783895861901 Pages: 182 Price: Europe EURO 42.00

This book, which is the fifth of a series of works on Moroccan Arabic
secret languages, proposes an extremely detailed account of the "ġuş", a
secret language of one region in the south-east of Morocco, the Tafilalet.
The language in question contains a rich number of varieties. This work,
which addresses linguistic areas of main concern to linguists,
phonologists, morphologists, sociolinguists, dialectologists, arabicists,
sociologists, graduate and post-graduate students, for instance, focuses on
the secretising of a multitude of words, prepositions, verbs, phrases,
clauses and sentences, for instance.

For descriptive convenience, this study proposes eight chapters and a
detailed bibliography. The substitution "ġuş", which is the main concern of
this book and which involves thirty-two varieties, operates through the
mere and single replacement of a consonant of the word by a given consonant
of the variety of the family "x". In this family of the secret languages no
additional disguise item follows the encoded word. Thus, the word "kla"
(eat), for instance, is encoded in one variety of the substitution "ġuş" as
"sla" and as "wla" in another one. One extremely important aspect of the
substitution secret language under study in this work is the crucial effect
of the context of use of the language itself on the comprehension of the
secret encounters, given the total absence of the disguise element, which
would stand as the necessary key for the genuine deciphering of the encoded

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Arabic, Moroccan Spoken (ary)

Written In: English (eng )

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