Tamasheq language

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

Tamasheq is a variety of the Tuareg languages. It is spoken by the Tuareg people, principally in the Timbuktu area. 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. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Tamasheq". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ David Sudlow, 2001, The Tamasheq of Nord-East Burkina Faso: Notes on grammar and syntax including a key vocabulary, Köln, Rüdiger Köppe Verlag