Senhaja language

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Not to be confused with Zenaga language.
Senhaja
Tasenhajit
Native to Morocco
Region Rif
Native speakers
50,000  (2013)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 sjs
Glottolog senh1238[3]
Map of Little Sanhaja ; the Sanhaja language is spoken by all tribes except Ketama

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

It is not immediately mutually intelligible with Riffian, and is spoken only by a small minority of the Rif region, in the eastern half of the area known as "Little Senhaja".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Senhaja at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  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. 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.