Bilen

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A language of Eritrea

Alternate Names
Balen, Belen, Beleni, Bilayn, Bilein, Bileno, Bilin, Bogo, Bogos, North Agaw
Population

91,000 (2006).

Location

Anseba region, Keren town area.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Senhit, T’aqwur.

Typology

SOV

Language Use

Home. All ages. Positive attitudes. 60% of the Christians also use some Tigrinya [tir], 70% of the Muslims also use Tigré [tig]. Younger generation mixes their speech with Arabic.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Females: 40%. Taught in primary schools. Poetry. Magazines. New media. Radio programs. Films. Videos. Dictionary. Bible.
Writing
Ethiopic script, used unofficially. Latin script, used since 1990s, primary usage.
Other Comments

Muslim, Christian.