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The Berber language - one word for a language with many distinct dialects

"Azul" and welcome! If you need a translation into or from Berber, then you’ve come to the right place! We offer you support in all subject areas. The Berber language is actually an umbrella term for a plethora of dialects. Linguists specify around thirty different Berber dialects spoken in the entire Berber language realm. The approximate 45,000 speakers can mostly be found in Algeria and Morocco, as well as to some extent in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Mali, and Niger. It is recognized as an official national language in Algeria, Mali, and Niger. It should be noted, however, that wherever Berber is spoken, another official language exists alongside it.

Berber is mainly used for oral language purposes.

A special characteristic of the Berber language is the fact that it is primarily used for spoken language while the written form has virtually no use. There is, however, a written form called "Tifinagh". This is a type of Runic alphabet, which historically was used to engrave short texts into slabs of rock. Today it is used for things like inscriptions and other decorative purposes. However, there is no literary tradition. Efforts to develop a single written form for this language have only been made since the 1980’s with the trend of reverting to the Latin alphabet. The result of these efforts is the formulation of a standardized form of the Berber language with consistent grammar and vocabulary. The efforts to promote and protect the Berber language in Algeria where the confidence of the Berber population has already been strengthened by introducing compulsory education under French colonial rule are especially very noteworthy. This can best be seen in their concentrated attempts to differentiate themselves from the part of the population characterized by Arabic-oriented culture and language and to maintain their own identity. Even after achieving independence, the fight to protect the Berber language was ongoing, and it has been successful: Today, there are Berber television and radio stations and the Berber language is even a subject taught in schools.

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