Eastern Middle Atlas Berber

Eastern Middle Atlas Berber is a cluster of Berber dialects spoken in the eastern and north-eastern parts of the Middle Atlas, in Morocco. These dialects are those of the tribes of Aït Seghrushen, Aït Waraïn, Marmusha, Aït Alaham, Aït Yub and Aït Morghi.[2][3][4]

Eastern Middle Atlas Berber
Tmazight, Tamazight
Native toMorocco
RegionCentral Morocco: Middle Atlas
Native speakers
150,000–200,000 (2013, est.)[1]
Tifinagh, Arabic, Latin
Language codes
ISO 639-3None (mis)
  Eastern Middle Atlas Berber

Despite the fact that they are mutually intelligible with neighbouring Central Atlas Tamazight dialects and are generally classified among them, these dialects actually belong to the Zenati languages and are intermediate dialects between the Riffian and Atlas languages.[5][1][6]

Among these Zenati dialects, those of Aït Seghrouchen and Aït Waraïn were subject to most studies, while only a few studies were focused on the dialects of Aït Alaham and Marmusha, and practically none focused on the dialects of Aït Yub and Aït Morghi.


  1. Kossmann, The Arabic Influence on Northern Berber, pp.20-22 (Brill, 2013)
  2. Annales de géographie: bulletin de la Société de géographie, Volume 33, p.275 (A. Colin, 1924)
  3. J. Bourrilly, Éléments d'éthnographie marocaine, p.42 (Larose, 1932)
  4. G. S. Colin, Carte linguistique du Maroc (1934)
  5. Revue d'ethnographie et des traditions populaires, Volume 2, p.68 (Société française d'ethnographie, 1921)
  6. M. Kossmann, Berber subclassification (preliminary version, unpublished), pp.2-3

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