Publication details [#11802]

Taifi, Miloud. 1997. Le Lexique berbère: entre l'emprunt massif et la néologie sauvage. [The Berber Lexicon: Choosing between Foreign Borrowing and Native Neologism.] International Journal of the Sociology of Language 123 : 61–80. 20 pp.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
Walter de Gruyter


On the effect and status of loanwords in Berber. Social conditions promoting borrowing in Berber and linguistic consequences thereof are discussed. It is emphasized that the current tendency towards rejecting loanwords in favor of Berber neologisms may prove harmful to the status of Berber because it staves off adjustment to speaker community needs.