Arabic, Babalia Creole

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A language of Chad

Alternate Names
Babalia, Babaliya, Bubalia
Population

3,940 (1993 census).

Location

West, Chari-Baguirmi Region, N’Djamena department, north of Djermaya and between Karal and Tourba. 23 villages.

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Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).

Dialects

A creole developed from Chadian Arabic [shu] (90% of the vocabulary) and Berakou [bxv] (Decobert 1977). Babalia shares structural similarities with Juba Arabic [pga].

Other Comments

Ethnonym: Babalia; original language Berakou [bxv]. Muslim.