The present issue on Berber Sociolinguistics consists of
a collection of articles by academics who have common
research interests in the sociology of language in
general and in the sociolinguistics of Berber in
The aim of the present collection is twofold: (i) to offer
university-level audiences a comprehensive and
comprehensible overview on Berber language and
sociolinguistic behaviour, and (ii) to familiarize the
reader with the recent developments in language planning
and attitudes toward Berber.
The first article by Fatima Sadiqi deals with the status of
Berber in the Maghreb. It is an overview of the
historical, linguistic and cultural dimensions of Berber.
The paper shows the important role of Berber in the
countries where it is spoken despite the fact that it
has been traditionally left out of the language planning
policies there . Sadiqi also discusses the latest
developments in the region concerning the possibility of
the promotion of the Berber language.
Moha Ennaji's article is concerned with the sociology of
Berber, its populations, dialects, linguistic features
and Maghrebi people's attitudes toward the language. The
paper, which moves from sociological, to linguistic and
political developments of Berber, explores the attitudes
toward Berber among Moroccan university students, who in
this respect may not be very different from the rest of
the population. The outcome of the data analysis
suggests that people tend to be favourable to the
revival of Berber as an important component of the
Maghrebi linguistic and cultural identity.
Fatima Sadiqi's review article deals with the late Kaddour
Cadi's book entitled Système Verbal Rifain: Forme et
Sens. The review presents the content of the book, which
is concerned with the sociolinguistic and
syntactico-semantic aspects of the least studied Berber
variety, Tarifit Berber. The author stresses that Cadi's
book, which is among the scarce publications on this
variety, is a valuable reference for any sociolinguistic
investigation on Berber.