James Bynon (ed:): Berber Prose Texts from the Ayt Hdiddu (Central Morocco) [PDF]


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Part 1: Transcriptions incl. DVD

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VIII, 537 pp.
163 prose texts in transcriptions, DVD with 66 spoken Berber texts (approx. 2,2 GigaByte of language material)

Text language: English

The 163 presented prose texts are in the Tamazight dialect of the Ayt Hdiddu, an ethnic group of the central High Atlas region of Morocco. They were collected by the editor over a period of several decades starting as early as in the nineteen fifties. Although they were recorded from speakers of more than one age and gender and might therefore – had they had been analysed by him in detail at the time – have shown small differences in their phonemic and morphophonemic systems, in his present transcription he has ‘normalized’ them all in accordance with the speech of a single individual from the tribe whose language he has over the years studied in some depth. The individual in question is a man named Zayd u Abbu, who comes from the village of Ayt Lghazi which forms part of the administrative district of Imilchil.

The system of transcription the editor has adopted being broadly speaking a morphophonemic one. The transcription represents the speech of his informant as heard by him. Furthermore, 66 audio files are presented on a DVD (approx. 2,2 GigaByte of language material) included in the print edition. A translation and analysis shall follow to this volume.

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