Language: Imeraguen

Classification

This entry has been retired and is featured here only for bookkeeping purposes. Either the entry has been replaced with one or more more accurate entries or it has been retired because it was based on a misunderstanding to begin with.

E16/E17 lists Imeraguen [ime] as an unclassified language of Mauretania spoken by an ethnic group traditionally subsisting on fishing. Presumably based on a blanket statement by Gerteiny, Alfred G. 1967 :56 , E16/E17 reports that it is ``Reportedly a variety of Hassaniyya structured on an Azer (Soninke) base''. However, it is unclear what Gerteiny, Alfred G. 1967 :56 's statement is based on and no data or other evidence for the Azer-Ḥassāniyya mix is adduced. Other ethnographers with field experience, notably Fortier, Corinne 2004 , say they speak Ḥassāniyya with some special vocabulary related to fishing. The specific forms of the fishing vocabulary are cited and they clearly derive from a Berber (not Azer) source, and there is no ethnohistoric evidence for an Azer origin either ( Fortier, Corinne 2004 ). Since there is insufficient evidence to posit a past or present separate language for the Imraguen, the entry is spurious.

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