Tawallammat Tamajaq is a member of the Southern Tamasheq branch of the Berber language family spoken mainly in Niger and Mali, and also in northwestern Nigeria, by about 870,000 people. In Niger there are about 450,000 speakers of Tawallammat Tamajaq, particularly in the Tchirozerine department of the Agadez region, in Dogondoutchi department of the Dosso region, and in the Maradi, Tahoua and Tillabéri regions. The language is official recognised in Niger.
In Mali there are bout 420,000 speakers of Tawallammat Tamajaq in the Gao region in the southeast of the country.
Tawallammat Tamajaq is also known as Amazigh, Tahoua, Tahoua Tamajeq, Tamachek, Tamashekin, Tamasheq, Tewellemet, Tomacheck, Touareg, Tourage or Tuareg. It is closely related to Tayart Tamajeq, and some sources classify these languages are dialects of Tamasheq.
Tawallammat Tamajaq it is taught in some primary schools, and used in literature and on the radio. It can be written with Latin and Arbic alphabets, and also with a version of the Tifinagh alphabet known as Shifinagh (šifinaɣ). Shifinagh is traditionally written in sand, on rocks, on paper and on other surfaces. It currently used for things like notes, shopping lists and love letters. It rarely appears in books.
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