How Arabic influenced Berber, and the typology of contact-induced change
01 / 2009 - 12 / 2013
This project deals with the influence Arabic (esp. dialectal Arabic) has had on the Berber languages of Northern Africa. It will provide an analysis of the variation and lack there-of in contact-induced change under similar sociolinguistic and linguistic circumstances. The sub-projects involve a typology of language contact phenomena in Northern Berber (post-doctoral researcher), a description of heavily Arabicized Ghomara Berber (Northern Morocco, PhD) and a contrastive study of semantic structures in an Arabic and a Berber variety of North-Eastern Morocco (PhD).