Tedaga/Teda Language

Southern Libya

The Tedaga language, also known as Teda, is spoken by the Teda people of the eastern and central Sahara (Chad, Niger and Libya). The Libyan community of Teda include just 2,500 of the estimated 50,000 total. Tedaga is a language that can be closely associated to Kanuri and Zaghawa languages (other Nilo-Saharan languages) and does not include as much Arabic as other traditional dialects in the region.  

The Teda people live as either nomadic herds people or farmers along the Saharan oases. For farmers the staple crop is dates as well as legumes, grains and roots. Cattle, goats, donkeys, camels, and sheep are kept as well.  


World Atlas, What Languages Are Spoken in Libya 

Encloypedia Britannica, Teda– People  

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