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Explaining Korandjé: Language contact, plantations, and the trans-Saharan trade

Abstract : The intense Berber-Songhay language contact that produced Northern Songhay cannot be understood adequately without taking into account the existence of a Northern Songhay language outside the Azawagh valley – Korandjé, in Algeria – showing no significant signs of Tuareg contact. This article proposes a new explanation based on linguistic, epigraphic, and historical data: Western Berber-speaking Masūfa, present throughout northern Mali around 1200, founded Tabelbala to facilitate a new trade route; they chose Northern Songhay speakers, already a distinct group, for their experience in oasis farming and possibly copper mining. As Masūfa influence waned, the language was reoriented towards North Africa.
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Lameen Souag. Explaining Korandjé: Language contact, plantations, and the trans-Saharan trade. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, John Benjamins Publishing, 2015, 30 (2), pp.189-224. ⟨10.1075/jpcl.30.2.01sou⟩. ⟨halshs-01376165⟩



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