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Tamajaq, Tawallammat

Language Data

  • Alternate names: Amazigh, Tahoua, Tahoua Tamajeq, Tamachek, Tamashekin, Tamasheq, Tewellemet, Tomacheck, Touareg, Tourage, Tuareg; Also, in Mali: Tahoua, Tajag, Tamajeq, Tamashekin, Tamasheq, Tomacheck, "Tourage", "Tuareg"; in Nigeria: Azbinawa, Buzu, Tahoua Tamajeq, Tamasheq, Tomacheck, Tuareg
  • Dialects: Ioullemmeden, Tawallammat Tan Ataram, Tawallammat Tan Dannag, Tawallammet Tan Dannag
  • Scriptures published:
    • New Testament (2016)
    • Portions (1979 — 2016)
    • ⵍⵍ ⵢⵙⴰ ⵍⵎⵙⵈ (2015)
    • The JESUS Film See above
  • Literacy: Slowly growing interest in literacy. About 16 primary schools use experimental curriculum taught in Tamajaq for the first 3 years. French gradually introduced until it becomes the primary language of instruction. Taught in primary schools
    Second Language: No information available.
  • Primary country: Niger
  • Region: Agadez region: Tchirozerine department; Dosso region: Dogondoutchi department; northwest Maradi region; Tahoua and Tillabéri regions. Eastern dialect: central Tahoua from Ingal to Mali border; western dialect: west, north and northwest of Niamey
  • Also used in: Mali, Nigeria
  • Religion: Muslim
  • Livelihood: Pastoralists; agriculturalists
  • Status: Recognized language in Niger
  • Number of users: 640,000 (450,000 in Niger (1998); 190,000 in Mali (1991); )
  • Vitality: Vigorous

(data from Ethnologue and other sources)