Kabyle

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A language of Algeria

Alternate Names
Amazigh, Tamazight, Taqbaylit
Population

5,000,000 in Algeria (2012). Estimates by some sources are up to 6,000,000 in Algeria (1998). Population total all countries: 5,586,000.

Location

Grande Kabylie mountain range, west Kabylia. Lesser Kabyle in Aokas area. Also in Belgium, France.

Language Status

5 (Developing). Statutory language of national identity (2002, Constitutional Revision, Law No. 02-03).

Dialects

Greater Kabyle, Lesser Kabyle (Tasahlit). Lesser Kabyle (Tasahlit) may be a separate language.

Language Use

Home, market. Positive attitudes. Men may also use French [fra] and Arabic in trade and correspondence.

Language Development
New media. Bible: 2011.
Writing
Arabic script. Latin script. Tifinagh (Berber) script.
Other Comments

Kabyle reported by some sources to derive from the Arabic word for tribesman. Patrilineal and patrilocal. Muslim, Christian.