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A language of Nigeria

Population

7,000 (Storch 1999). Ethnic population: Much more than 7,000 (Storch 1999).

Location

Gombe state: Akko, Billiri, and Shomgom LGAs. Pindiga dialect: Pindiga, Tumu, Kashere, Futuk, and Kaltanga; Gwana dialect: Gwana, Kasan Dare, Gobirawa, Katagum, Kwaya, Dizi, Digare, Jukon, Konan Kuka, and Andamin villages; Taraba state: Karim-Lamido LGA.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Pindiga, Gwana. Gwana and Pindiga dialects mutually intelligible with difficulty. Reportedly similar to Wãpha [juw], Jiba [juo], Wapan [juk], Jukun Takum [jbu], and Jibu [jib], but not intelligible of them.

Language Use

In remote settlements, some children may still learn the language as L1 (Dimmendaal and Voeltz 2007). Home. Used by few children. Negative attitudes. Also use Bole [bol], English [eng], Hausa [hau], Jiba [juo], Nigerian Fulfulde [fuv], Pero [pip], Tangale [tan]. Used as L2 by Jiba [juo].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 15% in Hausa [hau] or English [eng]. Motivation to read is high.
Other Comments

Muslim.

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