Rifian People - Riff Languages

Riff Languages

Riffian is a Northern Berber language of the Zenati subgroup, spoken mainly in the Rif region located in North Morocco and in various other cities by about 4 million people. There are also Riffian-speaking peoples in Europe. The language itself is divided in several dialects, all and intelligible specific to each clans composing the Rifian region.

In neighbouring Algeria, It was spoken by Rif clans who have settled in some areas (mainly Bethioua and Arzew). The Berber dialect spoken in Tlemcen (Beni Snouss) is often seen as an eastern variety of the language.

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