Zenaga

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A language of Mauritania

Population

200 in Mauritania, decreasing. Population total all countries: 2,100.

Location

South, Mederdra to Atlantic coast.

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Language Status

8a (Moribund).

Dialects

None known. Related to other Berber languages in basic structure though specific features are quite different.

Language Use

Mainly adults. Community. Also use Hassaniyya [mey], Standard Arabic [arb].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 10% Arabic [arb].
Writing

Tifinagh (Berber) script [Tfng].

Other Comments

Bedouins, reported to travel mainly in caravans. Racially, both white and black; the latter are descendants of slaves captured centuries ago. Muslim.