Kabyle language

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Kabyle
Loudspeaker.png Taqbaylit (info • help)
Native to Algeria; immigrant communities in France, Belgium, Canada and elsewhere
Region Kabylie (Provinces of Algiers, Béjaïa, BBA, Bouira, Boumerdes, Sétif, Tizi Ouzou, and parts of Jijel)
Ethnicity Kabyle people
Native speakers 5 to 7 millions worldwide.  (date missing)
Language family
Writing system Berber Latin alphabet
Language codes
ISO 639-2 kab
ISO 639-3 kab
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Kabyle-speaking areas

Kabyle is a Berber language (Kabyle: Ṯāqbāylīṯ, taqbaylit, pronounced /ˌθaq.βajˈliθ/) spoken by the Kabyle people. There are 3,123,000 speakers worldwide, the majority in Algeria, where there are more 2,000,000 speakers.

Kabyle was (with some exceptions) rarely written before the 20th century; however, in recent years a small but increasing body of literature has been printed. The originally oral poetry of Si Mohand and Ait Menguellet are particularly notable in this respect.