Boko

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A language of Benin

Alternate Names
Boo
Population

96,000 in Benin (2012 R. Jones). 30% monolingual. Population total all countries: 146,000.

Location

Borgu and Alibori departments, Segbana and Kalale communes. Also in Nigeria.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Bo’o. Closely related languages in Nigeria: Busa [bqp], Bokobaru [bus], and Shanga [sho]. Lexical similarity: 87% with Busa [bqp], 89% with Bokobaru [bus], 55% with Kyanga [tye], 62% with Bisa [bib] in Burkina Faso.

Typology

SOV; noun heads initial; up to 5 suffixes on verb; postpositions; 4 level tones; CV, CCV

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use French [fra] (Benin), Hausa [hau], Yoruba [yor], Baatonum [bba], or Fulfulde [fub].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%. Literacy rate in L2: 6%. Poetry. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1992–2010.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Muslim, traditional religion, Christian.

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