BIRRI: a language of Central African Republic

The following is the entry for this language as it appeared in the 14th edition (2000).
It was superseded by the corresponding entry in the 15th edition (2005). See also the corresponding entry in the 16th edition (2009).

SIL code: BVQ

ISO 639-2: ssa

Population 200 (1996) out of 5,000 in the ethnic group. Extinct in Sudan (1993). 
Region Scattered throughout southwestern corner of CAR, and formerly in Deim Zubeir, Bahr el Ghazal Province, Sudan.
Alternate names   BIRI, VIRI, BVIRI
Dialects MBOTO, MUNGA.
Classification Nilo-Saharan, Central Sudanic, West, Bongo-Bagirmi, Sara-Bagirmi.
Comments Only one dialect spoken in CAR. The people are bilingual in Zande. They may be assimilated by the larger Zande people through marriage. Different from Viri, Biri, Bviri [BVI].

This web edition of the Ethnologue contains all the content of the print edition and may be cited as:
Grimes, Barbara F. (ed.), 2000. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Fourteenth edition. Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Online version:

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