A language of Benin

Alternate Names
Adja, Ajagbe, Hwè

360,000 in Benin (2006). Population total all countries: 550,000.


Kouffo department: southwest on Mono river, Aplahoué, Djakotomè, Dogbo, Klouékanmè, Lalo, and Tovinklin communes; Mono department: Athiémè, Houéyogbé communes; Zou department: Djidja and Agbangnizoun communes. Cotonou and many southern mixed-language towns.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Dogbo, Hwe (Ehoue), Sikpi (Shikpi), Tado (Tadou), Tala. The Hwe, Sikpi, and Tado dialects are linguistically very similar; Dogbo and Tala distinct from the other 3. Lexical similarity: 92% with Hwe-Sikpi dialect, 89% with Hwe-Dogbo dialect, Hwe-Tado dialect, and Hwe-Tala dialect.

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, neighborhood, work. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Éwé [ewe], French [fra], Gen [gej]. Used as L2 by Saxwe Gbe [sxw].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools in small-scale multilingual education program since 2013. Poetry. Newspapers. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 2010–2014.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Tado and Tala speakers are mainly in Togo. Traditional religion, Christian.

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