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Extinct: no
Family: Afro-Asiatic
Branch: Berber
Continent: Africa
Country: Morocco
 
Region: Northern Morocco. The dialects listed are near Al Hoceima. Also spoken in Algeria, France, Netherlands.
Countries Where Spoken: Morocco, Algeria.
Countries Where Official: Morocco
   
Native Speakers: 1,500,000
Speakers Total: 2,000,000
  
Phrasebase members who speak Riffian at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Riffian at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Riffian: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Riffian: 0
  
Three Letter Code: RIF
Alternative Names: RIFFIAN, RIFI, RIFIA, NORTHERN SHILHA, SHILHA
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Summary: The chief differences among dialects are phonological. There may be other dialects. Coon (1939) said Senhaja de Srair is a separate language. 'Rifia' is the Arabic name for their language, 'Rifi' (sg.) or 'Ruafa' (pl.) are names for the people, 'Rif' or 'Riff' geographical names. Muslim. Bible portions 1887-1890.
 

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