Kabyle is a Berber language with about 7-8 million speakers, most of whom
live in Algeria, mainly in Kabylie in the north of the country. There
are also some Kabyle speakers in French, Belgium, the USA and a number
of other countries.
During the 20th century, the Latin
and Tifinagh alphabets were adapted to write Kabyle. There seems to be
quite a bit of variation in the various Kabyle spelling systems. The Tifinagh
alphabet for Kabyle was developed by the Agraw Amazigh
(Académie Berbère) from the Tifinagh script for Tuareg,
and is used in a number of periodicals and on political posters.
Kabyle has no official status in Algeria, but there some radio and
TV programmes in the language, and it is taught in schools in Kabyle
Kabyle alphabet and pronunciation
Latin (agemmay taqbaylit)
Sample text in Kabyle
Imdanen, akken ma llan ttlalen d ilelliyen msawan di lhwerma d
yizerfan- ghur sen tamsakwit d lâquel u yessefk ad-tili tegmatt gar asen.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood. (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)