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Tachelhit

A language of Morocco

ISO 639-3shi

Population  3,000,000 in Morocco (1998).
Region  Southwest, from coast south to Ifni, north to near Agadir, northeast to Marrakech outskirts, east to Draa, including Sous valley, and south near the border. Also in Algeria, France.
Language map  Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Western Sahara
Alternate names   Shilha, Southern Shilha, Susiua, Tachilhit, Tashelheyt, Tashelhit, Tashilheet, Tasoussit
Classification  Afro-Asiatic, Berber, Northern, Atlas
Language use  Many men also use Arabic. Many women do not learn Arabic.
Language development  Bible portions: 1906–1925.
Writing system  Arabic script. Tifinagh (Berber) script.
Comments  ‘Tachelhit’ is their name for their language. ‘Shilha’ is the Arabic name for Moroccan Berber language varieties in general. Soussi: shopkeepers. Muslim.

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Algeria

Language name   Tachelhit
Region  South near Morocco border, Tabelbala area.
Language map  Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Western Sahara
Alternate names  Shilha, Southern Shilha, Tachilhit, Tashelhait, Tashelhayt, Tashelhit, Tasoussit
Dialects  Susiua (Sus, Sousse).
Language use  A widely used Berber language. Also use Arabic.
Comments  Their name for their language is ‘Tachelhit’. ‘Shilha’ is the Arabic name for Moroccan Berber varieties in general. Muslim.
 
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