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The Kabyle/Berber Adjective

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The Kabyle/Berber Adjective

 

I can’t do any better than Salem Chaker in explaining the Kabyle or Berber adjective to you !

According to S. Chaker the Berber adjective is an underclass syntatic of the noun, it shares with the nominal all these combinational and functional charecteristics : the gender marker, the number, the state, and the complete sentence predicate. They can also serve as the reattachment point of the predicate noun. As a specific function, they determine the nominals with which they agree in gender and number.

The adjective can equally be formed collectively.

Adjective prefix + nominal

Did you get it ? Is that a no ?! That’s ok , you’ll get it with the tables below :

Singular

Plural

Masculine

Feminine

Masculine

Feminine

bu (who has, one with)

Example :

bu tismin (the jealous)

mm (who has, one with)

Example :

mm tismin (the jealous)

at

Example :

at tismin (the jealous)

sut

Example :

sut tismin (the jealous)

 

Here are some adjectives in Kabyle

Masculine

Feminine

Masculine plural

Feminine plural

amellal (white)

ameqran (big)

aṣemmaḍ (cold)

amaẓuẓ (youngest)

aderγal (blind)

amecṭuḥ (small)

aẓayan (heavy)

aḥmayan (hot)

bu tlufa (quarrelsome)

aneggaru (last)

uḥṛic (intelligent)

tamellalt (white)

tameqrant (big)

taṣemmat (cold)

tamaẓuẓt (youngest)

taderγalt (blind)

tamecṭuḥt (small)

taẓayant (heavy)

taḥmayent (hot)

mm tlufa (quarrelsome)

taneggarut (last)

tuḥṛict (intelligent)

imellalen

imeqranen

iṣemmaḍen

imuẓaẓ

iderγalen

imecṭaḥ

iẓayanen

iḥmayanen

at tlufa

ineggura

uḥṛicen

Timellalin

timeqranin

tiṣemmaḍin

timuẓaẓ

tiderγalin

timecṭaḥanin

tiẓayanin

tiḥmayanin

sut tlufa

tineggura

tuḥṛicin

 

It’s actually a cool chapter! In the next chapter we’ll be talking about Kabyle pronouns, I assure you right a away that it isn’t a difficult chapter but it is quite long, you’ll learn a big deal, and at the end of the chapter you’ll start to form simple sentences, isn’t it great ?!!!