Tayart Tamajeq (Tamajeq, ⵜⵎⵌⵆ, ثمجق‎)

Tayart Tamajeq is a member of the Southern Tuareg branch of the Berber language family spoken in Niger by about 250,000 people. It is spoken mainly by the Tuareg people who live in the Aïr Mountains in the Agadez Region of northern Niger, particularly in the departments of Arlit and Tchirozerine. There are also speakers in the Zinder, Tahoua and Maradi regions of Niger.

Tayart Tamajeq is also known as Tayart, Air Tamajeq, Tayiṛt or Ayer Tuareg. It is closely related to Tawallammat Tamajaq (Tamagarast), and some sources classify these languages are dialects of Tamasheq.

Tayart Tamajeq it is taught in some primary schools, and used in literature and on the radio. It is written with Latin alphabet. There are also ways to write it with a version of the Tifinagh alphabet known as Shifinagh, and a version of the Arabic alphabet known as Innislamen.

Latin alphabet for Tayart Tamajeq

Latin alphabet for Tayart Tamajeq

Shifinagh alphabet for Tayart Tamajeq

Shifinagh alphabet for Tayart Tamajeq

Innislamen alphabet for Tayart Tamajeq

Innislamen alphabet for Tayart Tamajeq

Download an alphabet chart for Tayart Tamajeq (Excel)

Details provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample text - Latin alphabet

  1. Ya əmizwər-in Tayufil, Ăytedăm ăggôtnen əgmâyăn ad əktəbăn ăṛătăn win əgănen ghur-na
  2. s-əmmək was dana-tăn-əssoghălăn win tăn ənăynen da tizarăt, əmmalăn awal ən-Məsshina.
  3. Adida fəl-as năk iṃan-in əffəki wa əgegh isălan di kul a dd ibăẓăn ghur ələṣəl-năsăn, sər-ĭy a dak ăgăgh y-asăn akătab izîlalăghăn,
  4. fəl ad təssəṇăgh as măsṇăt ta tătăwăsăsăghra tidət a təṃôs.

Sample text - Shifinagh alphabet

Sample text in Tayar Tamajeq in the Shifinagh alphabet

Sample text - Innislamen alphabet

Sample text in Tayar Tamajeq in the Innislamen alphabet

Source: http://www.westafricanscripts.org

Translation (Luke 1:1-3)

  1. Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,
  2. Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;
  3. It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,
  4. That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

Source: https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Luke-Chapter-1/

Sample of spoken Tayart Tamajeq


Information about Tayart Tamajeq

Berber languages

Ancient Berber, Ghadamès, Ghomara, Guanche, Kabyle, Riffian, Shilha (Tashelhit), Shawiya, Shenwa, Siwi, Tamahaq, Tamasheq, Tamazight, Tawallammat Tamajaq, Tayart Tamajeq, Zenaga, Zuwara Berber

Languages written with the Tifinagh alphabet

Kabyle, Riffian, Shilha (Tashelhit), Siwi, Tamasheq, Tamazight, Tayart Tamajeq

Languages written with the Arabic script

Adamaua Fulfulde, Afrikaans, Arabic (Algerian), Arabic (Bedawi), Arabic (Chadian), Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Gulf), Arabic (Hassaniya), Arabic (Hejazi), Arabic (Lebanese), Arabic (Libyan), Arabic (Modern Standard), Arabic (Moroccan), Arabic (Najdi), Arabic (Syrian), Arabic (Tunisian), Arwi, Äynu, Azeri, Balanta-Ganja, Balti, Baluchi, Beja, Belarusian, Bosnian, Brahui, Chagatai, Chechen, Chittagonian, Comorian, Crimean Tatar, Dargwa, Dari, Dhatki, Dogri, Domari, Gawar Bati, Gilaki, Hausa, Hazaragi, Hindko, Indus Kohistani, Kabyle, Kalkoti, Karakalpak, Kashmiri, Kazakh, Khowar, Khorasani Turkic, Khwarezmian, Konkani, Kumzari, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Lezgi, Luri, Maguindanao, Malay, Malay (Terengganu), Mandinka, Marwari, Mazandarani, Mogholi, Morisco, Mozarabic, Munji, Noakhailla, Nubi, Ormuri, Palula, Parkari Koli, Pashto, Persian/Farsi, Punjabi, Qashqai, Rajasthani, Rohingya, Salar, Saraiki, Sawi, Serer, Shabaki, Shina, Shughni, Sindhi, Somali, Tatar, Tausūg, Tawallammat Tamajaq, Tayart Tamajeq, Torwali, Turkish, Urdu, Uyghur, Uzbek, Wakhi, Wanetsi, Wolof, Xiao'erjing, Yidgha

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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