A language of Togo

Alternate Names
Cabrai, Cabrais, Kabre, Kabure, Kabye

700,000 in Togo (1998 SIL). Population total all countries: 730,000.


Widespead. Kara Region, mostly Kozah and Binah prefectures; Central and Plateaux regions, Sotouboua, Blitta, Kloto, Ogou, Amlame, Wawa, and Haho prefectures.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication).


Boufale, Kewe, Kijang, Lama-Tissi. Lexical similarity: 60% between Kabiye [kbp], Lama [las], Tem [kdh], and Lukpa [dop].

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, market, neighborhood, church, non-formal education. All ages. Also use Éwé [ewe], French [fra], Tem [kdh]. Used as L2 by Kpessi [kef], Lama [las], Lukpa [dop], Miyobe [soy], Nawdm [nmz].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–30%. Motivation for literacy tends to be stronger outside the homeland. Taught in secondary schools, as optional subject. Newspapers. Radio programs. TV. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1999.

Braille script [Brai]. Latin script [Latn], primary usage.

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian (Protestant), Christian (Roman Catholic).

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