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Amazigh Lexicostatistics: A Correlation Study Between Geographic Distances And Lexical Differences

Authors : Bouri Hadj,


Abstract : This study aims at measuring the impact of geographic distance on the linguistic difference. A five word questionnaire was designed to elicit Berber lexis based on the Swadesh list. A levenshtein algorithm was applied to measure the linguistic distance between five North African Berberophone regions: Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, Tunisia and Libya. Also, a correlation experimental design was administered to conduct the study and measure how language varies according to the geographical landscape of the region. The results show a positive influence of the geographical distance on Berber linguistic diversity. The implementation of inferential statistics along with the levenshtein algorithm helps in understanding how the Berber language intersects with its geographical landscape.

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