Data from "Ethnologue" (Online version) at < www.sil.org >
Greetings / taHaiya Tayyiba w ab3ad.
For an immediate "quick-off-the-shelf" answer, herewith are data from the online version of SIL's Ethnologue:
HASSANIYYA: a language of Mauritania
SIL code: MEY
ISO 639-2: sem
Population 2,200,000 in Mauritania, 66% of the population (1998). 3% per year growth. Population total all countries 2,511,000.
Region Throughout the country. Also spoken in Algeria, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Senegal.
Alternate names KLEM EL-BITHAN, HASANYA, HASSANI, HASSANIYA
Classification Afro-Asiatic, Semitic, Central, South, Arabic.
Comments Not intelligible with other Arabic varieties.
Speakers are called 'Maures' ('Moors').
White Maure are called 'Bithan', which may also be used for the Maure in general.
Black Maure are called 'Haratine'. The 'Nemadi' are an ethnic group that speak Hassaniyya, and do not have their own language.
Pastoralists, traders. Muslim.
Also spoken in:
Language name ARABIC, HASANYA
Population 106,100 in Mali (1991).
Alternate names MAURE, MAURI, MOOR,
SURAKA, SURAXXة, HASSANIYYA, HASSANI
Comments 5,000 ethnic Fulani refugees from Mauritania are reported to be Hassaniyya speakers.
Speakers are called 'Maures' ('Moors'). T
he 'Nemadi' are an ethnic group that speaks Hasanya, and do not have their own language. National language. Radio programs. Muslim.
See main entry under Mauritania.
Language name ARABIC, HASSANIYYA
Population 40,000 in Morocco (1995).
Alternate names SAHRAWI, MAURE, MAURI, MOOR, SULAKA, HASANYA, HASSANI
Not intelligible with other Arabic varieties. See main entry under Mauritania.
Niger Language name ARABIC, HASSANIYYA
Population 10,000 in Niger (1998).
Alternate names MAURE, MAURI, MOOR, SULAKA, HASANYA, HASSANI
Comments Muslim. See main entry under Mauritania.
Let me know if you have specific questions, and I can ask from friends here from Mauritania (graduate students in linguistics at UCLA and USC). Ahalan wa sahalan...
Khair, in sha' Allah.
S. H. Franke
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