Communication on the language, manners, and customs of the Berbers or Brebers of Africa, in a series of letters to P.S. Duponceau, read before the Amer. phil. soc. and publ. in the new ser. of their transactions

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Page 33 - ... generic name ; or do the various tribes bear, each, a particular appellation ? To the first part of this question it is answered, that the term Berber, of which the plural form is beraber, is universally acknowledged by the original population of this country. I have conversed with natives of Morocco and of Tripoli, and every where the earlier Africans call themselves Beraber. The etymology of this word cannot now, perhaps, be ascertained ; but its origin is probably anterior to the Roman domination....
Page 32 - Transactions of the American Philosophical Society (vol. iv, new series), Tuarick comes from the Berber language, in which it signifies tribes. Now kabail is the Arabian for tribes, borders or families; and thus the Kabyles of the Atlas have an appellation...
Page 22 - Wurgelans are black. Their dialects are identically the same, presenting only modifications of the great language of the Atlas, such as are in all countries produced by habitudes and climate. The Kabyles, who are the Highlanders of Africa, call a man ergaz ; the inhabitants of the lowlands of the Saara adopt the soft sound of g and say erdjaz.
Page 31 - ... indeed, divide with the Tibboos the whole of the Sahara; the latter occupying the wells and the wadys of the eastern, and the Tuaricks those of the western portion of this sterile belt. The Tibboos are black, yet without what we generally call negro features ; the Tuaricks, on the other hand, are white people of the Berber race, and are Mohammedans of the sect of Maleki, but are believed to be quite as indifferent to religion as the Kabyles. They are a very warlike nation, and often make incursions...
Page 22 - Since I last had the pleasure of writing to you, I have attended the Court of King's Bench pretty constantly, and am not sure that you are wrong.

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