- Language: Tamasheq
- Alternate names: Kidal Tamasheq, Tomacheck, Tamashekin, "Tuareg", Timbuktu, Kidal
- Language code: taq
- Language family: Afro-Asiatic, Berber, Tuareg, Southern Tuareg
- Number of speakers: 281169
- Script: Tifinagh script, Arabic script, Latin script
Tamasheq is a Berber language spoken by the Tuareg.
Tamasheq verbs jave four aspects:
- Perfective: complete actions
- Stative: "lasting states as the ongoing results of a completed action."
- Imperfective: future or possible actions, "often used following a verb expressing emotion, decision or thought," it can be marked with "'ad'" (shortened to "'a-'" with prepositions).
- Cursive: ongoing actions, often habitual ones.
Conjugation in Tamasheq is done by adding suffixes (prefixes, postfixes or both) to a root. The triliteral roots (three-consonant bases) are the most common in Tamasheq.
Sample verb: ktb 'to write'
In the following table the prefixes and postfixes are marked in bold.