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In this paper I will discuss Tamazight the language of the Amazigh in North Africa NA as a minority language certain social divisions and variations of the Tamazight community occurred due to unstable political events No consideration of revitalising the language has been made as the main fight was mainly on political liberty from the Roman Empire till modern day colonyLinguistic and social divisions were more apparent as the there was no specific venue for those divisions in North Africa before the colonial period which drew the boarders to the four main countriesI will argue that Tamazight should be maintained as the symbol of identity and should be passed from generation to another since it is the minority language in Libya and part of the whole Libyan nationality2 Semantic notesThe origin of the word Berber is controversial the actual word of Berber is derived from the Latin Barbarous denoting to vulgar non-civilized or barbaric which later became associated with Barbarian Chafik 200515-16 cited in Hough-Cornwell and Smith 2010 3 Other interpretations link the term to the ancient Greek referring to anybody who does not speak Greek The word Amazigh is used in this assignment instead of the noticeable Berber as Amazigh as a strong attribute to identity and not very much liked by activists and younger generations The origin of the word is Ancient Greek and it carried negative connotations Hough-Cornwell and Smith 2010 p 3 Amazigh therefore meaning free or noble man in their language Tamazight is preferred by Amazighs or Imazighen pl Amazighie adj as a more accepted term amongst those indigenous people of North Africa Errihani 2007 cited in Hough-Cornwell and Smith 2010 3Even Libyan activists and my Amazighie friends denote their preference to this name saying that Berber is given by colonisers who invaded them and represent them as an indigenous group of NAWords in Arabic are written in the Doulous SIL fonts for phonetic elaboration and ease of pronunciation for
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