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Thread poster: Djidji74
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May 9, 2007

What do you know about Berber languages in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia?

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Amy Williams  Identity Verified
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backatcha! May 9, 2007

Hi Djidji74,
What do you know about these languages, and can you enlighten us?

I've been to Morocco, but everyone I spoke to had a different take on it.


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Alan R King
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What do you want to know? May 9, 2007

Well, what would you like to know about them? Be a bit more specific with your question and you may get some more specific answers. If you have absolutely no clue and are looking for a place to start, you could do worse than the Wikipedia article on the subject (, which has a bit of information and some links to other sites...


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Veronika Hansova  Identity Verified
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Tamazight - Moroccan Berber language May 10, 2007

Come from "amazigh" meaning a free man. Spoken mostly in the High Atlas Mountains. The writing is pictographic. Some signs are actually prohibited since they have meanings of freedom and independence from the Moroccan oppression.
I have the alphabet written down by a Berber boy when we travelled through Morocco. It is scribbled on a piece of paper - very precious for us. If you want to see it, visit our webpage, find the Section Maroko 2006 and the subsection Berbeři. It is copied there.
We learnt many things about their culture and traditions. We traveled by ourselves and Lahcen (the boy) became our friend. He guided us through his village talking about traditional weddings, funerals, beliefs, spirits and oppression from the Moroccan gov't.
This would give us a lot of material for a book but i am sure there are other people competent to put it down on the paper. we were happy to hear from his mouth and actually feel it.

Also, I spent some time in Algeria and spoke to people who spoke in Tamahak. The Tamahak language has at least 6 different dialects, the writing is called tifinagh (21-27 signs, 0 vowels, based on Old-Libyan alphabet).
We travelled to Algeria to see the neolithic paintings in the desert in the plateau of Tassili N'Ajjer. Amazing but grueling since we had o climb the mountains to get on the plateau that is extremely unfriendly (hot weather, no animals, dry, almost no water, completely separated, the area of France)

For more information I would recommend you reading the books by a French archeologist Henry Lhote. He actually discovered the Algerian neolithic paintings in Tassili, described them and copied them in the 1950s. Amazing when you imagine how limited his equipment was then.:-)


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Phonology/Morphology May 14, 2007

If you are interested in morphology or phonology or some combination of these, let me know. Interesting topic!

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