Tuareg (Tamasheq, Tamajaq, Tamahaq)
Tuareg is a Berber language or a number of closely-related languages spoken
in parts of Mali, Niger, Algeria, Libya and Burkina Faso by the Tuareg
people, and by some Kinnin people in Chad. The total number of speakers
is about 1.2 million.
Tuareg is traditionally written with the Tifinagh
alphabet, which is now mainly used to write magical formulae, writing
on palms when silence is required, and for letter-writing. The Arabic
alphabet is also used in some areas, and has been since the Middle Ages,
and different versions of the Latin alphabet are used in Mali and Niger.
Tuareg alphabets and pronunciation
This is the official alphabet for Tamasheq in Mali. It was adopted in 1967
and modified in 1982.
This is the official alphabet for Tamajaq in Niger and it was adopted in 1999.
Sample text in Tamasheq
Mdan ddunt tiwen llullin, ulan s lhəq. Ǧrawən tayətte d man full ed nmərtayən s taññət.
Tamasheq sample text in the Neo-Tifinagh alphabet
Tower of Babel in Tamasheq
Information about Tuareg languages and people
Other languages written with the Latin alphabet