Tarifit is a Berber
language spoken by perhaps 2 million people worldwide: 1,500,000 in Morocco
and 500,000 in Algeria
It is spoken along the northern coast of Morocco and eastwards
into western Algeria as far as the neighborhood of Alhucemas.
There are scattered groups of Tarifit speakers even further east,
as far as Arzeu, the result of recent migrations.
Riff is the name of the people who speak Tarifit, which is literally 'language of the Riff'
It has no official status in Morocco or Algeria.
Male speakers are usually bilingual in Arabic,
but female speakers usually aren't.
Tarifit is also known as Rifi, Rifia, Northern Shilha, Shilha, Tirifie, Riff, Ruafa, Fifia and Rif.
Dialects include Urrighel, Beni Iznassen, Arzeu, Igzennaian and Iznacen.
The chief differences among dialects are phonological, and there may be other dialects.
There is an extinct language, Senhaja de Srair, said to be similar, but a separate
language rather than a dialect.
According to Ethnologue, the taxonomy of Tarifit is
Northern Berber (17)
Happy New Year
in Tarifit is "Asuggas Asa'di".