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Unformatted text preview: Joseph Song FSEM 140 Task #3: M inority Language: Riff Origin Riff is one of many variations of the Berber languages which are a collection of indigenous languages of North Africa. This particular group of languages is part of the Afro-asiatic language family (in particular, the north part of Africa and several European languages) and the languages and dialects within the Berber languages are very similar and closely related. Riff in particular in spoken in the Moroccan Rif along the Mediterranean coast and in the Rif mountains. There is also a noticeable population which speaks Riff in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and other European countries. The Berber languages and Riff have their origin within Europe due to Berbers in the 7 th century who were allies of Carthage and then under the Roman Empire. They also assisted in the Muslim conquest of Spain, thus expanding their language and expanded even more when they were eventually pacified by the French in the 1800s. Over the course of two thousand they were eventually pacified by the French in the 1800s....
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