CIT offers Kabyle interpreters and translators with legal, medical and specialty experience, including criminal and civil matters, employee meetings, engineering, patent cases, labor disputes, immigration and more.
Although based in Los Angeles, CIT offers comprehensive Kabyle language services including interpretation, translation and transcription, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, worldwide. Our interpreters and translators are native speakers who have been screened, certified, have provided credentials, field tested, and kept up to date with developments in both English and the Kabyle language through means such as lectures, conferences, and travel. CIT’s Kabyle language interpreters and translators possess in depth knowledge of the Kabyle language, as well as of the culture and history of the Kabyle people, allowing them to provide informed and complete interpretation and translation.
The Kabyle Language
The Kabyle language, part of the Northern Berber group of languages in the Afro-Asiatic language family. “Kabyle” is Arabic for “tribesman.” It is mainly spoken in Algeria, in the Tizi Ouzou, Bejaia and Bouia provinces. About half the population of Alegiers, which is the capital of Algeria, speaks Kabyle. It is approximated that around 6 million people worldwide speak Kabyle, including those who speak the lanhguage in Europe. It is estimated that around 1 million people in France speak Kabyle.
About 5 million of the estimated 6 million Kabyle speakers live in Algeria. However, Arabic is still the official language of Alergia. Kabyle is also taught in schools but only in Kabyle-speaking provinces. It is typically the language spoken at home and in places of trade and market. Along with speaking Arabic, many Kabyle speakers speak French. There are several dialects of the Kabyle language but many are mutually intelligible.
Because of the location where it is spoken, the Kabyle language shares many similar structural rules as other Berber languages. Kabyle has four vowel phonemes, which are sounds that can change the meaning of a word. There are several consonants as well, including velar, uvular, pharyngeal and glottal. Like many other Afro-Asiatic languages, words in the Kabyle language do not have the consonants of p and v, unless they are in borrowed words. Several consonants can be doubled as well. Grammar in Kabyle is similar to that of the basic features of other Berber languages. With regard to the nouns in the Kabyle language, the nouns can be masculine or feminine. Masculine nouns will start with a vowel whereas feminine nouns end with a t sound. Nouns can be described in two numbers, plural or singular. When a noun needs to be classified as plural, it can be marked by changing the vowel of the stem word and adding a suffix, by an internal vowel differentiation or by a combination of words. Adjectives are similar to nouns as they are makred by gender, number and state. Possessive pronouns are attached after a noun. For example, ‘sister my.’ In Kabyle, verbs must agree with their subject, gender and number. There are three moodes for verbs, including indicative, imperative and subjunctive. Two of the imperative forms are simple and intensive. For the vocabulary in basic Kabyle, it is quite similar to other Berber languages. There are borrow words from languages spoken by other Kabyle speakers such as Arabic and French.