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. L2 users: 3,000,000 in Algeria.

Location

Widespread.

Language Status

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

Dialects

Algiers, Constantine, Oran. A member of macrolanguage Arabic [ara].

Language Use

The Ouled Nail of Biskra speak Arabic [arq], but are ethnically different. Home, street. Standard Arabic [arb] often used in government communication. Used as L2 by Chenoua [cnu], Tumzabt [mzb].

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

Arabic script [Arab].

Other Comments

Muslim (Sunni), Christian.