Tagdal

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A language of Niger

Population

26,900 (2000).

Location

Agadez region: Arlit and Tchirozerene departments; Tahoua region: southeast; northwest Zinder and north central Maradi regions.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Air (Northern Tagdal), Azawagh (Southern Tagdal). Tagdal lexicon is about 75%–80% Berber. Everyday vocabulary is about 50% Berber and 50% Songhay.

Language Use

Also use French [fra], Hausa [hau], Standard Arabic [arb], Tawallammat Tamajaq [ttq].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: Low in French, lower in Arabic [arb].
Writing

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

Other Comments

Nomadic. Called Igalan (pl.), Agdal (sg.). Muslim.