Senhaja Berber

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A language of Morocco

Alternate Names
Senhaja de Srair, Senhajiya, Shilha, Shilha Barbarya, Shilha n Jbala, Tajeblit, Tamazight, Tamazight n Jbala, Tasenhajit
Population

50,000 (2013).

Location

Taza-Al Hoceima-Taounate region: west of Tarifit, Ketama area.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Beni Ahmed, Beni Bechir, Beni Buensar, Beni Jennus, Beni Mesdui, Beni Seddat, Quetama (Ketama), Sarcat, Tagsut. A separate language from Tarifit [rif].

Language Use

Some young people, all adults.

Language Development
Dictionary.
Other Comments

Shilha is Arabic for Moroccan Berber language varieties in general. Shilha n Jbala or Tamazight n Jbala are commonly used names which mean Berber of the Mountain People. An Arabic name for this is Senhajiya. Muslim.