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Berber
(2,427 words)

1. Arabic and Berber

At the end of the 7th century, when the first Arabs came to Morocco during the Islamic conquests, Berber was the dominant language in Northern Africa with the exception of some Latinized towns on the Mediterranean coast, whose inhabitants were Romance speakers. After the Islamic conquests, the Arabization of the population seems to have been superficial and limited to the major towns. It wa…

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Jorge Aguadé, “Berber”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 13 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0041>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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