Zuwara Berber

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Native to Libya
Region Zuwara
Native speakers
(no estimate available)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 jbn (included)
Glottolog tuni1262[1]

Zuwara Berber (Zuara, Zwara) is the Zenati Tmazight dialect of Zuwara on the coast of western Tripolitania - in the district of northwestern Libya.

Several works of Terence Mitchell, notably Zuaran Berber (Libya): Grammar and texts,[2] provide an overview of its grammar along with a set of texts, based mainly on the speech of his consultant Ramadan Azzabi. Some articles on it were also published by Luigi Serra.[3]

Zuwarans call their language Mázigh;[4] the term is used of Nafusis as well.[5] Unusually for Berber, the masculine form is used to refer to the language.

The Ethnologue treats it as part of Nafusi, although the two belong to different subgroups of Berber according to Kossmann (1999).[6]


  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Tunisian-Zuwara Berber". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  2. ^ Terence Frederick Mitchell, Zuaran Berber (Libya): Grammar and Texts, Rüdiger Köppe: Köln 2009
  3. ^ Serra, L., 'Testi berberi in dialetto di Zuara', Annali dell'Istituto Orientale di Napoli, NS, 14, 1964 : 715-726.
  4. ^ Mitchell 2009:181
  5. ^ Mitchell 2009:186
  6. ^ Maarten Kossmann, Essai sur la phonologie du proto-berbère, Rüdiger Köppe:Köln, pp. 28, 32