Mzab–Wargla languages

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North Africa
Linguistic classification Afro-Asiatic
Glottolog moza1250[1]
Kossmann's "Northern Saharan oasis" dialects

The Mzab–Wargla languages or Northern Saharan oasis dialects are a dialect cluster of the Zenati languages (Northern Berber). They are spoken in scattered oases of Algeria and Morocco.


Kossmann (2013)

Marteen Kossmann (2013) listed six "Northern Saharan oasis" dialects:[2]

Ethnologue (2009)

In Ethnologue XVI (2009), the "Mzab–Wargla" languages are listed as:

Unlike Kossmann, Ethnologue considers the Berber dialect spoken in Tidikelt as a separate branch of the Zenati group, distinct from Tuwat.

Blench & Dendo (2006)

Roger Blench and Mallam Dendo (2006) listed eight varieties:[3]

However, Senhaja is actually an Atlas language.

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  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Mozabite–Wargla". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  2. ^ M. Kossmann, The Arabic Influence on Northern Berber, pp.23-24 (Brill, 2013)
  3. ^ AA list, Blench & Dendo, ms, 2006