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. 70% of the Muslims also use Tigré [tig]. 60% of the Christians also use some Tigrinya [tir]. Also use Kunama [kun], Nara [nrb]. 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 [Ethi], used unofficially. Latin script [Latn], used since 1990s, primary usage.

Other Comments

Muslim, Christian.