Biali

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A language of Benin

Alternate Names
Berba, Bialaba, Bieri, Bjerb, Bjeri, Byali
Population

97,000 in Benin (2014 J. Leclerc). Total users in all countries: 101,080.

Location

Atakora department: Materi, Tanguieta, and Cobly communes; Collines department: Ouessi commune; Donga department: small border area west of Oueme river.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Dassari, Gouande, Materi, Pingou, Tihoun, Tangeta, Porga.

Typology

SVO; postpositions; 14 noun classes; Aspect, no tense; tonal.

Language Use

All ages. Also use French [fra]. Used as L2 by Notre [bly].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 15–20% in French [fra]. Radio programs. Bible portions: 2008–2015.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Historical accounts claim they originated in the F’ada N’Gourma area of Burkina Faso. Different from Baatonum (Bariba) [bba]. Traditional religion, Christian.

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