Tumzabt

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A language of Algeria

Alternate Names
Ghardaia, Mozabite, Mzab, Mzabi
Population

150,000 (2010 UNESCO). Women are monolingual.

Location

Mzab region south of Algiers. 7 oases, Ghardaia is principal one.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Only minor dialect variations.

Language Use

Vigorous. Also use Algerian Spoken Arabic [arq], French [fra], Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Poetry. Dictionary.
Writing

Arabic script [Arab]. Latin script [Latn]. Tifinagh (Berber) script [Tfng].

Other Comments

Strong cultural vitality. Tumzabt villages are interspersed among Arabic-speaking villages. Muslim (Ibadi).