Central Atlas Tamazight

Berber language of the Afro-Asiatic language family

Central Atlas Tamazight [3] is a Berber language. It is of the Afro-Asiatic language family. it is spoken by 3 to 5 million people in Central Morocco, and by smaller communities in France and elsewhere. It is an official language of Morocco.

Central Atlas Tamazight
Native toMorocco
RegionCentral Morocco – Middle Atlas
Native speakers
3 million (1998)[1]
2.6 million (In Morocco only - 2004 census)[2]
Tifinagh, Latin, Arabic
Official status
Regulated byIRCAM
Language codes
ISO 639-3tzm
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  Location of Central Atlas Tamazight speakers
Central Atlas Tamazight speakers are mostly distributed in a large, contiguous area in central Morocco.
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Central Atlas Tamazight is one of the four most-spoken Berber languages. The other ones are Kabyle, Shilha, and Riff.


  1. "Tamazight, Central Atlas". SIL International. n.d. Retrieved December 17, 2009. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. "Recensement général de la population et de l'habitat 2004". Hcp.ma. Retrieved 2011-12-05.
  3. also known as Central Morocco Tamazight, Middle Atlas Tamazight, Tamazight, Central Shilha, and, rarely, Braber