Zarma

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A language of Niger

Alternate Names
Adzerma, Djerma, Dyabarma, Dyarma, Dyerma, Zabarma, Zarbarma, Zarmaci
Population

2,350,000 in Niger (2006). Population total all countries: 2,438,900.

Location

Southwest. Also in Burkina Faso, Mali (Zarmaci), Nigeria.

Language Status

4 (Educational). Recognized language (1999, Constitution, Article 3).

Dialects

Kaado. In Niger, dialects from Dendi [ddn] and Songai blend into Zarma. Intelligibility is high, ethnic autonym: Dendi or Songai. Cannot understand Songhay, Koyraboro Senni [ses] in Mali.

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Radio programs. TV. Dictionary. Bible: 1990.
Writing
Arabic script, Maghribi and Naskh styles. Braille script. Latin script, primary usage.
Other Comments

Ethnic groups include Kurtey (32,000), Wogo (28,000), Songhay (400,000), Dendi (40,000). Muslim, traditional religion, Christian.

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