Fali

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A language of Nigeria

Alternate Names
Fali of Mubi, Fali of Muchella, Vimtim, Yimtim
Population

25,000 (2010 Z. Yoder et al.). 5,000 or fewer in Vin dialect.

Location

Adamawa State, Mubi North, Mubi South LGAs.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Bwin (Bagira, Bween, Urambween), Huli (Bahuli, Urahuli), Madzarin (Madzara, Muchella, Ura Madzarin), Vin (Uroovin, Uvin, Vimtim). Bwin about 92% intelligible of other dialects and 71% of Zizilvakan [ziz], Huli at least 85% of other dialects and 59% of Zizilivakan, Madzara 61% of Huli, Vin 71% of Madzara. Lexical similarity: 61%–82% between the dialects, 47%–59% with Zizilivakan [ziz], 15%–23% with Kirya-Konzal [fkk], 14%–18% with Hya [hya].

Language Use

Home, village. All ages. Also use Fulfulde [fuv] (mostly elderly) or Hausa [hau] (mostly middle-aged, youth and those in towns); some also use English [eng].

Language Development
English [eng] and Hausa [hau] used in schools.
Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.