Arabic, Algerian Saharan Spoken

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A language of Algeria

Alternate Names
Saharan Arabic, Tamanghasset Arabic, Tamanrasset Arabic
Population

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

Location

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).

Dialects

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

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