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A language of Algeria

ISO 639-3shy

Population  1,400,000 (1993).
Region  Aurès Mountains, south and southeast of Grand Kabylie.
Language map  Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Western Sahara
Alternate names   Chaouia, Chawi, Shawia, Shawiya, Tacawit
Classification  Afro-Asiatic, Berber, Northern, Zenati, Shawiya
Language use  A widely used Berber language.
Language development  Bible portions: 1950.
Writing system  Arabic script, major usage. Latin script, minor but increasing usage. Tifinagh (Berber) script.
Comments  Muslim.
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