Siwa language

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Žlan n Isiwan
Native to Egypt
Region Siwa Oasis, Gara Oasis
Native speakers
15,000 (2010)[1] to 30,000  (2006)[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 siz

The Siwa language, Siwi, is a Berber language of Egypt, spoken by about 15,000 to 30,000 people[1][2] in the oases of Siwa and Gara, near the Libyan border. The language has been heavily influenced by Egyptian Arabic, to a greater degree than most Berber languages.[3] It continues to be the first language of Siwi children.


Ethnologue[4] places Siwi in an Eastern Berber group with the Awjila–Sokna languages of central and eastern Libya. Kossmann (1999)[5] links it with Sokna and the Nafusi dialect cluster of western Libya and Tunisia, but not with Awjila.


  1. ^ a b Grammatical Contact in the Sahara: Arabic, Berber, and Songhay in Tabelbala and Siwa, Lameen Souag, PhD thesis, SOAS, 2010
  2. ^ a b Siwa at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  3. ^ Werner Vycichl. 2005. "Jlân n Isîwan: Sketch of the Berber Language of the Oasis of Siwa (Egypt)," Berberstudien & A Sketch of Siwi Berber (Egypt). Ed. Dymitr Ibriszimow & Maarten Kossmann. Berber Studies, vol. 10. Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag. ISBN 3-89645-389-0
  4. ^ Ethnologue Report for Siwi
  5. ^ Kossmann, Maarten. 1999. Essai sur la phonologie du proto-berbère. Köln: Köppe.

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Ongoing research on Siwi: