Tamazight Language

Tarifit  – Rifian (Tarifit / ⵜⴰⵔⵉⴼⵉⵜ‎)

Tarifit is a member of the Northern Zenati branch of the Tamazight language family. It is spoken mainly in the Rif region of northern Morocco, and also in nearby parts of western Algeria, by about 4.3 million people.

In Morocco, Rifian is spoken in the provinces of Al Hoceima, Nador, Driouch and Berkane, and also in Tangier, Oujda, Tetouan and Larache. In Algeria it is spoken in Oran and Tlemcen provinces. There are also communities of Rifian speakers in Belgium, the Netherlands and a few other countries.

Tarifit is also known as Arrif, Northern Shilha, Riff, Rifia, Rifiya, Ruafa, Shilha, Tamazight, Tarifiyt, Tarifyt, Tmaziɣt or Tmazight.

Tarifit has been written with versions of the Tifinagh, and Latin alphabets. It is used to some extent in literature and newspapers, on the radio and TV. It is also taught in some schools.