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The largest concentrated group of Berber speakers is found in Kabylia in Algeria, but Morocco is the country with most Berber speakers. Most Berbers have no written language and despite the efforts that have been seen in Algeria, little has been implemented.
Distinctions of Berber dialects follows several schools; there may be more than one name used for one dialect, and different researches may classify according to a name not used by many of just that group.
In Morocco there are three main dialects. Tarifit or Riffan is spoken in the Rifs, but this dialect continues along the Algerian border in eastern Morocco all the way to Figuig. The dialect of the High Atlas and Middle Atlas has many names, like Berber, Amazigh, Zaian or Tamazight. The dialect used in the Anti Atlas and south western oases is called Tachelhit, Soussi, Chelha or Chleuh.
Algeria is home of the largest Berber dialect, Kabyle, but in this vast country there are as many as 8 dialects. Only Tachawit is large, the remaining 6 have between 90,000 and 6,000 speakers.
The Berber language in Tunisia, called Chelha, is currently facing extinction in the remaining few small towns in the southern part of the country (see travel pages on Chenini and Douiret). Parents and especially women (who never leave their village for work), speak or at least understand Chelha, while children learn only Arabic.
In Libya, Berbers of Jabal Nafusa, inland from Tripoli speak a dialect called Nafusi or Mazir which comes so close to Chelha that the two are considered one dialect. In Libya, use of Berber remains strong and vibrant.
In Egypt, Berber is spoken along the coastal zone west of Alexandria, and in the oasis of Siwa.
Berber identity currently is linked to the language: many of the North Africans calling themselves Arabs are more Berber in origin than Arab. In many areas (especially Tunisia), Berber identity is regarded as a negative, principally because many Berber societies are less developed than those in urban settings, where almost all inhabitants see themselves as Arabs. In Algeria, Berber identity is strong and proud, and there are centuries-old tensions between the Berbers, now living in the mountains, and the Arabs who dominate the larger cities.