Senhaja de Srair
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Region Rif
Language family Afro-Asiatic
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Senhaja de Srair, or Senhaya, is a Northern Berber language spoken in the southern area of the Moroccan Rif by the Senhaja. The language is very similar to that of the Atlas languages, but is greatly influenced by the neighboring Riff language.

Contrary to the report on Ethnologue and SIL, the language is not extinct; Harry Stroomer, quoted in Behnstedt 2002, reported that "Senhaja de Srair is alive". It is apparently not mutually intelligible with the Riff language, and is spoken by only a small minority of the Senhaja, in an area known as the "Little Senhaja".


  • Senhaja de Srair language on Wikipedia
  • Peter Behnstedt, "La frontera entre el bereber y el árabe en el Rif", Estudios de dialectología norteafricana y andalusí vol. 6, 2002.
  • Esteban Ibañez, Diccionario español-senhayi (dialecto beraber de Senhaya de Srair), 1959.
  • A. Renisio, Études sur les dialectes berbères des Beni Iznassen, du Rif et des Senhaja de Sraïr. Grammaire, textes et lexique. PIHEM, vol. 12. Paris 1932.
  • Ethnologue listing


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