Tamahaq, Tahaggart

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A language of Algeria

Alternate Names
Tamachek, Tamashekin, Tomachek, Touareg, Tourage, Tuareg
Population

40,000 in Algeria. Population total all countries: 77,000.

Location

South Hoggar (Ajjer) mountain area, Hoggar, Tamanghasset area and south to Niger border. Ghat dialect in southeast, Ganet area and west.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Ghat (Djanet, Ganet), Hoggar (Ahaggaren, Ajjer, Tahaggart). A member of macrolanguage Tamashek [tmh].

Language Use

Most still speak the language.

Language Development
Bible portions: 1948–1965.
Writing

Arabic script [Arab]. Tifinagh (Berber) script [Tfng], called Shifinagh in Niger.

Other Comments

Ethnonym: Tuareg (pl.), Targi (sg.). Muslim.

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