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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
  • Berber
    • Northern Berber
      • Kabyle
Writing system Berber Latin alphabet
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Kabyle-speaking areas

Kabyle is a Berber language spoken by the Kabyle people in the north and northeast of Algeria. It is spoken primarily in Kabylie, east of the capital Algiers and in Algiers itself, but also by various groups near Blida.

Estimates of the number of speakers range from five million to about seven million speakers worldwide, the majority in Algeria, according to INALCO. Kabyle Berber is also spoken as a native language among the Algerian Kabyle-descended diaspora in European and North American cities (mainly France). It is estimated that half of Kabyles live outside the Kabylian region.

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