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Tamazight: Protests over language rights in Algeria

Friends,

I forward an interesting article, reported today, about recent protests in Algeria demanding greater recognition for the Tamazight (Berber) language:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/algeria-berbers-protest-tamazight-language-rights-171213185709684.html

“Berber” refers to six closely related Afro-Asiatic languages spoken mostly in Morocco, Algeria and neighbouring countries. Being Afro-Asiatic languages, they are related (somewhat distantly) to Arabic and Hebrew. More information about the Berber languages:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berber_languages

Truly remarkably, it seems that there has not yet been a call for a Duolingo course in Tamazight (or Tuareg, or any of the other Berber languages), judging by the long list of languages on the “new courses” forum: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/15014194

Bon lecture,

December 16, 2017

1 Comment


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SarahBecraft

I actually think I suggested it once a long time ago, not as a separate post but as a comment. My Jewish ancestry is Moroccan, i.e. Sephardic and Amazigh. I'd love to get a chance to become more connected with my background, as my family mainly just assimilated into Sephardic culture.

I wouldn't have used the term 'Berber' though as many find it offensive. (Since my family is so disconnected from that identity, I can only look to people who are closer themselves to that identity and have connections with those communities.)

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