Berom

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A language of Nigeria

Alternate Names
Afango, Berum, Birom, Gbang, Kibbo, Kibbun, Kibo, Kibyen, Lêm Berom, “Shosho” (pej.)
Population

1,000,000 (2010 SIL).

Location

Plateau State, Barakin Ladi, Jos South, Riyom LGAs; Kaduna State, Jema’a LGA; Bauchi State.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Bachi, Du, Fan, Foron, Gashish, Gyel, Heikpang, Kuru, Rim, Riyom, Ropp, Vwang, Zawan. Three dialect groups: Eastern (Ropp, Fan, Heikpang, Foron, Du), Central (Gyel, Zawan, Kuru, Vwang), Western (Riyom, Rim, Bachi, Gashish).

Language Use

Shifting to Hausa [hau].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%–30%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 2009.
Writing
Latin script, used since 1973.