Senhaja language

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Not to be confused with Zenaga language.
Senhaja
Zenaga
Native to Morocco
Region Rif
Native speakers
40,000  (2011)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 sjs
Glottolog senh1238[3]

The language of the Senhaja de Srair ('Senhaja of Srair'), also Senhaya or Zenaga, is a Northern Berber language spoken in the southern part of the Moroccan Rif (between Taounate and Targuist). It is heavily influenced by the neighboring Riffian language.

It is apparently not immediately mutually intelligible with Riff, and is spoken only by a small minority of the Rif region, in the area known as the "Little Senhaja" (Ketama).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Senhaja at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Lameen Souag, 2004: "Senhaja de Srair is not Zenati, but rather Atlas, belonging (despite location) with Middle Atlas Tamazight."[1]
  3. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Senhaja De Srair". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Peter Behnstedt, "La frontera entre el bereber y el árabe en el Rif", Estudios de dialectología norteafricana y andalusí vol. 6, 2002.
  • Esteban Ibañez, Diccionario español-senhayi (dialecto beraber de Senhaya de Srair), 1959.
  • A. Renisio, Études sur les dialectes berbères des Beni Iznassen, du Rif et des Senhaja de Sraïr. Grammaire, textes et lexique. PIHEM, vol. 12. Paris 1932.