Arabic, Algerian Saharan Spoken


A language of Algeria

Alternate Names
Saharan Arabic, Tamanghasset Arabic, Tamanrasset Arabic

100,000 (1996). Total users in all countries: 178,000.


Adrar, Béchar, Biskra, Djelfa, El Bayadh, El Oued, Ghardaïa, Illizi, Laghouat, Naama, Ouargla, Tamanrasset, and Tindouf provinces; border area along Atlas mountains, northeast to Médéa, southeast to Righ Wadi, south as far as plateau du Tademait.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


None known. Structurally distinct from other Arabic varieties. A member of macrolanguage Arabic [ara].

Language Development

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