Žlan n Isiwan
|Region||Siwa Oasis, Gara Oasis|
|Native speakers||15,000 (2010) to 30,000 (2006)|
The Siwa language, Siwi, is a Berber language of Egypt, spoken by about 15,000 to 30,000 people 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. It continues to be the first language of Siwi children.
Ethnologue places Siwi in an Eastern Berber group with the Awjila–Sokna languages of central and eastern Libya. Kossmann (1999) links it with Sokna and the Nafusi dialect cluster of western Libya and Tunisia, but not with Awjila.
- Grammatical Contact in the Sahara: Arabic, Berber, and Songhay in Tabelbala and Siwa, Lameen Souag, PhD thesis, SOAS, 2010
- Siwa at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
- 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
- Ethnologue Report for Siwi
- Kossmann, Maarten. 1999. Essai sur la phonologie du proto-berbère. Köln: Köppe.
Ongoing research on Siwi:
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