Arabic, Algerian Spoken

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A language of Algeria

Alternate Names
Algerian
Population

26,000,000 in Algeria (2012 Sherbrooke University), increasing. Population total all countries: 27,997,000.

Location

Widespread. Also in Belgium, Egypt, France, Germany, Saint Pierre and Miquelon.

Language Status

3 (Wider communication). De facto national working language.

Dialects

Algiers, Constantine, Oran.

Language Use

3,000,000 L2 speakers. The Ouled Nail of Biskra speak Arabic [arq], but are ethnically different. Home, street. Standard Arabic [arb] often used in government communication.

Language Development
Textbooks often in modern Standard Arabic [arb]; teacher pupil interaction in Algerian Arabic. NT: 1965.
Writing
Arabic script.
Other Comments

Muslim (Sunni), Christian.