Tamazight, Central AtlasPrint
L1 users: 2,340,000 (2004 census). 936,000 monolinguals. Total users in all countries: 2,490,000.
Widespread, especially Middle and east High Atlas Mountains, adjacent valleys to Taza, Rabat area; 1,200,000 in rural areas between Taza, Khemisset, Azilal, Errachidia; 100,000 outside the language area.
Much dialect variety. May be more than 1 language.
VSO; prepositions; noun head initial; gender (masculine/feminine); verb affixes mark person, number, gender of subject; passives; causatives; 34 consonants and 3 vowels; non-tonal.
A major Berber language. Many children, adolescents, and younger adults; all older adults and elderly. Also use Moroccan Spoken Arabic [ary], as L2.
65% live in rural areas, 10% live outside the traditional area. Muslim.