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A language of Algeria

ISO 639-3mzb

Population  70,000 (1995).
Region  Mzab region south of Algiers. 7 oases, Ghardaia is principal one.
Language map  Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Western Sahara
Alternate names   Ghardaia, Mzab, Mzabi
Dialects  Only minor dialect variations. Related to Tagargrent [oua], Temacine Tamazight [tjo], Taznatit [grr].
Classification  Afro-Asiatic, Berber, Northern, Zenati, Mzab-Wargla
Language use  Vigorous. Women virtually monolingual. Some also use Arabic [arq], French, or Spanish.
Language development  Dictionary.
Writing system  Arabic script. Latin script. Tifinagh (Berber) script.
Comments  Strong cultural vitality. Tumzabt villages are interspersed among Arabic-speaking villages. Traders. Muslim.
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