Language Scientific’s Berber Translation Services

Language Scientific provides high quality Berber language services, supplying technical, medical and scientific translation, localization and interpreting into and out of Berber. We are a US-based language services company serving over 1,500 global corporations. Our specialization, focus, industry-leading quality management standards and customer-centered attitude have earned us the trust of many of the world’s best technology, engineering, biomedical and pharmaceutical companies.

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Berber Language Statistics/Facts:

Berber constitutes a group of regional languages varieties or dialects with over 45 million native speakers. The origins of Berber are difficult to establish. The Berber ethnic groups are indigenous to North Africa in the west of the Nile valley. The Berber language group belongs to the Afro-Asiatic (Hamito-Semitic) language family. Berber exists in the form of a large number of “dialects” or regional language varieties over large geographic areas, which are often very distant from each other. These linguistic zones extend from the Siwa Oasis (Western Desert of Egypt) in the Canary Islands to the mountains of central Sahara. Berbers form a large community of people from different ethnic groups living in different countries, including Morocco and Algeria (Kabylia), Niger and Mali (Sahel and Sahara Tuareg), Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.

There are several dialects or varieties of Berber languages: Chaoui, Chleuh, Riffian, Chenoui, Kabyle, Mzabi, Zenati and Tamasheq are the most important components of the Tamazight (the language of the Imazighen). Through history, the Berbers and their languages have been influenced by Rome, Punic, Arabic and French. Today official “Berber” is considered to be the ethnos groups of the Maghreb, those who claim themselves to be Berbers. Berber is an official language of Morocco and a national language of Algeria, Mali and Niger.

Berber Dialects:

Dialect Region
Chaoui Spoken in eastern Algeria, in the Aures and surrounding areas (the massive Boutaleb (Talbi), the Bellezma the plains of Constantine and the mountains of Nemenchas).
Chleuh Spoken in southern Morocco in an area stretching from the northern slopes of the High Atlas to the southern slopes of the Anti-Atlas, bounded to the west by the Atlantic Ocean.
Riffian Spoken in Morocco, mainly in the Rif provinces, Tangiers, Oujda and Tetouan, and Among the wide Riffian migrant community in Western Europe.
Chenoui Mainly spoken in the Dahra regions, from Fuka to Ténès.
Kabyle Spoken in Kabylia (east-central region of Algeria) and also within the large Kabyle diaspora in North Africa and in other countries (especially France)
Mozabite Spoken in the southern regions of Algeria ( Mzab)
Zenata spoken in the Algerian region of Gourara (Adrar)
Tamasheq Spoken in the Sahel region, Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, and also North Africa, Algeria and Libya, where it is called Tamahaq.

 

Countries where Berber is spoken:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Mali
  • Spain
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Mauritania
  • The Netherlands
  • Burkina Faso
  • Germany
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Canada
  • Libya
  • Niger
  • United States
  • Canary Islands

 

Berber Speaking Country Data:

Country: Algeria

Capital: Algiers
Population: 40,390,557
Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic: President Abdelaziz Bouteflika Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal
Currency: Algerian dinar (DZD)
GDP (ppp): $210.2 b
Unemployment: 11.2%
Government Type: Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic
Industries: Petroleum, natural gas, light industries, mining, electrical, petrochemical, food processing

Country:Morocco

Capital: Rabat
Population: 34,826,092
Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy: King Mohammed VI
Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
GDP (ppp): $103.8 b
Unemployment: 9.2%
Government Type: Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
Industries: Phosphates, rocks mining and processing, food processing, leather goods, textiles, construction, tourism

Country:Libya

Capital: Tripoli
Population: 6,331,219
Unitary Provisional Parliamentary Republic: Presidential Council
Currency: Libyan Dinar
GDP (ppp): $74.2 b
Unemployment: 19.5%
Government Type: Unitary Provisional Parliamentary Republic
Industries: Petroleum, steel, iron, food processing, textiles, cement

Country:Mauritania

Capital: Nouakchott
Population: 3,596,702
Islamic Republic: President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz
Currency: Ouguiya (MRO)
GDP (ppp): $4.158 b
Unemployment: 12.85%
Government Type: Islamic Republic
Industries: Petroleum, mining (iron ore, gold, copper, gypsum), fish processing

Country:Niger

Capital: Niamey
Population: 20,732,292
Semi-Presidential Republic: President Mahamadou Issoufou and Prime Minister Brigi Rafini
Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF)
GDP (ppp): $7.407 b
Unemployment: 5.1%
Government Type: Semi-Presidential Republic
Industries: Uranium mining, cement, brick, soap, textiles, food processing, chemicals, slaughterhouses

Afrikaans History

Berbers are among the oldest communities in North Africa and several features of their civilization are similar to prehistoric cultures. Long ago, Berber had a specific alphabet, but the Berber script disappeared with Roman colonization. Berber is divided into thousands of local dialects or regional languages varieties. Berber has been influenced by Carthaginian, Roman and Byzantine civilizations. Many of the great figures of these civilizations (Hannibal, Marcus Aurelius, and St. Augustine) had Berber origins. After Arab conquest, Berbers slowly adopted the Muslim religion. However, many with dissenting ideologies (like Karidjisme) were opposed to their conquerors and settled along the coast, in the oases of the Sahara (Mzab) or the mountains (Jebel Nefousa).

In Mauritania, the arrival of nomadic Arabic in the 12th century led to the establishment of a society divided between the warlike tribes of Arab origins and the Berbers. The Berbers were devoted to trade and religious studies. The Zenaga dialect was used for intra-communication mainly by communities in southern Mauritania.

France and Spain conquered Morocco and Algeria in the late 19th century and early 20th century, but the Berbers made fierce resistance, in the Rif and in southern Morocco, under the lead of Abd el- Krim (1920-1926). To counter Arab nationalism, France inaugurated a Berber policy to divide Berbers from the Arabic-speaking populations of the plains and cities. In 1953, France exiled Sultan Mohammed V, which sparked strong nationalist feelings among the Berbers and the Arabs of Morocco. The loss of Berber support contributed to the return of Mohammed V in 1955 and the independence of Morocco in 1956. In Algeria, the Berbers and the Arabs were both engaged in the war until 1962 when Moroccan independence was declared.

Many North Africa countries showed a strong desire for independence from their colonizers by moving towards Arabization. This movement affected Berber populations as their languages (or dialects) were banned from radio and from teaching programs at schools. In Algeria, the Arabization and the rise of Islamist movements caused violent protests, which led to the constitutional recognition of Berber as a national language in 2002. Since 1996, the Algerian constitution has recognized Berber as one of the three basic components of national identity, after Islam and Arabism.

Today, several genetic, anthropological and linguistic studies related to Berbers are being carried out, including carbon-14 fossil dating, genetic testing on modern populations, and the comparative studies between the Berber languages and other languages. These studies, as well as the writings of historians such as Gabriel Camps and Charles-André Julien, tend to prove that the present North Africans (Arabic) are mainly Berbers.

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