Ashe

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A language of Nigeria

Alternate Names
Ala, Ishe, Koro Makama, Koron Ache, Koron Ala
Population

40,000 (2012 J. Barnhoorn), increasing.

Location

Nassarawa state: Karu, Kokona, and Akwanga LGAs; Kaduna state: Jema’a and Sanga LGAs; Abuja Capital Territory, Bwari LGA.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Uchek, Unorr. Most similar to Koro Wachi [bqv], then to Duya [ldb], and Nyankpa [yes]. These 4 languages are often referred to as the Koro Cluster.

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

Not used in formal situations, but widely spoken in the community. Home, market, church. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Nyankpa [yes]. Used as L2 by Koro Wachi [bqv], Nyankpa [yes].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 2%.
Other Comments

Ethnonym: Ashe. Ishe is the name of the language (2014 J. Barnhoorn). Koro is a cover term used for 2 distinct languages, Waci [bqv] and Ashe [ahs]. Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.