Tamasheq language

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Native to Mali, Burkina Faso
Region Sahara
Native speakers
unknown (280,000 cited 1991–2000)[1]
Timbuktu (Tanaslamt)
Kidal (Tadghaq)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 taq
Glottolog tama1365[2]

Tamasheq is a variety of the Tuareg languages principally spoken in the area around Timbuktu. There are two divergent dialects, Timbuktu (Tombouctou, Tanaslamt) and Tadghaq (Kidal) in Mali.

Tamasheq as spoken in northeastern Burkina Faso is similar.[3]

The name Tamasheq is sometimes applied to the Tuareg languages in general.


  1. ^ Tamasheq at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Tamasheq". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ David Sudlow, 2001, The Tamasheq of Nord-East Burkina Faso: Notes on grammar and syntax including a key vocabulary, Köln, Rüdiger Köppe Verlag