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LINGUIST List 19.3629

Wed Nov 26 2008

Books: Sociolinguistics/Phonology: Berjaoui

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Moroccan Secret Languages: Berjaoui

Message 1: Moroccan Secret Languages: Berjaoui
Date: 25-Nov-2008
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Moroccan Secret Languages: Berjaoui
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Title: Moroccan Secret Languages
Subtitle: Evidence from the ġuş
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Afroasiatic Linguistics 24
Published: 2008
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Nasser Berjaoui
Paperback: ISBN: 9783895861796 Pages: 433 Price: Europe EURO 72.30

The present work, the eighth of a series of books on Moroccan secret
languages (the ġuş) of the Tafilalet (TSLs), the south-east of Morocco,
thoroughly investigates three broad categories of the languages in
question. These are the x...xәrxәllәC, the x…Ca and the x…ŗaCi families.
Each of these involves more than thirty varieties. In the x...xәrxәllәC
category, a consonant of the word is substituted by the consonant of the
variety under usage (x). Then the new word is followed by a second copy of
the consonant of the variety (x) , the syllable "әr" , a third copy of the
same consonant (x), the fragment "әllә" and the substituted consonant (that
of the word), that is "C" . Thus, the final encoding strategy shows the
fragment: x...xәrxәllәC.

For instance, the word "mat" (die) is encoded in one variety of the
x...xәrxәllәC family as "sat sәrsәllәm" and as "wat wәrwәllәm" in another
one. In the x…Ca category, a consonant of the word is substituted by the
consonant of the variety under usage (x). Then the new word is followed by
the substituted consonant (that of the word, "C") and the vowel "a". For
instance, the word "ktab" (a book) is encoded in one variety of the x…Ca
type as "stab ka" and as "wtab ka" in another one. In the x…ŗaCi family, a
consonant of the word is changed by the consonant of the variety under
usage (x). Then the newly created word is followed by the constant disguise
syllable "ŗa", the substituted consonant (that of the word, "C") and the
vowel "i". For example, the word "sarut" (a key) is secretised in one
variety of the x…ŗaCi family as "warut ŗasi" and as "karut ŗasi" in another
one. The present book contains three parts, with each separately
investigating one family of the TSLs. This work addresses linguistic areas
of main concern to graduate and post-graduate students, linguists,
phonologists, morphologists, sociolinguists, Arabicists, and sociologists,
among others.

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Written In: English (eng )

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