Tamajaq, Tawallammat


A language of Niger

Alternate Names
Amazigh, Tahoua, Tahoua Tamajeq, Tamachek, Tamashekin, Tamasheq, Tewellemet, Tomacheck, Touareg, Tourage, Tuareg

450,000 in Niger (1998). Population total all countries: 640,000.


Eastern dialect: central Tahoua area from Ingal to Mali border; western dialect: west, north and northwest of Niamey. Also in Mali (Tamajaq), Nigeria.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous). Recognized language (1999, Constitution, Article 3).


Tawallammat Tan Ataram, Tawallammat Tan Dannag (Ioullemmeden).

Language Use

Some children in urban areas no longer speak Tamajaq. Home, market, commerce, some schools. All ages. Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Slowly growing interest in literacy. About 16 primary schools use experimental curriculum taught in Tamajaq for the first 3 years. French gradually introduced until it becomes the primary language of instruction. Taught in primary schools. Radio programs. Bible portions: 1979–2006.
Latin script. Tifinagh (Berber) script, called Shifinagh in Niger.
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