||250,000 in Mali (1991). Population total all countries: 281,200.
||Central, Timbuktu area, and northeast Mali. Also in Algeria, Burkina Faso.
Mali, Enlarged Area
||Kidal, Kidal Tamasheq, Tamashekin, Timbuktu, Tomacheck, “Tuareg”
||Timbuktu (Tombouctou, Tanaslamt), Tadhaq (Kidal). May be 2 separate languages.
||Afro-Asiatic, Berber, Tamasheq, Southern
A member of macrolanguage Tamashek [tmh] (Mali).
||The government is actively promoting the language through adult literacy classes. Taught in primary schools. NT: 2003.
||Latin script. Tifinagh (Berber) script.
||The people are called ‘Kel Tamasheq’. The Bellah were formerly under the Tuareg economically. Pastoralists: cattle, goats, camels, donkeys. Muslim.