Release of Berber- Arabic- French trilingual dictionary by Mohamed-Salah Ounissi

APS - 16 November 2020

KHENCHELA - A new trilingual Berber / Arabic / French dictionary by Mohamed-Salah Ounissi, a writer from the province of Khenchela, has just been published, the author announced on Monday.

Entitled "Emwal amokrad" (which means trilingual dictionary in Berber language), the 271-page book published by Edliss Belezma (Batna) contains around 5,000 words, its author told APS.

The dictionary which will be distributed to booksellers this week aims to transcribe the oral Berber heritage and particularly Chaoui and to constitute a work of reference for future generations, added Ounissi.

The writing and revision of this dictionary required two years of work and verification with the Elderly from the provinces of Batna and Khenchela as well as the consultation of dozens of sources, said the author.

"Emwal amokrad" is the 13th books by Ounissi in a 20-year career devoted to the history and culture of the Aurès region and its illustrious figures.

His writings include collections of Berber poetry and three dictionaries translating into Arabic and French around 10,000 Chaoui Berber terms.