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A language of Nigeria

Alternate Names
Kanakuru
Population

20,000 (1973 SIL).

Location

Adamawa State, Guyuk LGA; Borno State, Biu LGA.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Gasi, Shani, Shellen.

Language Use

Also use Bura-Pabir [bwr], English [eng], Hausa [hau], Lala-Roba [lla], Longuda [lnu], Nigerian Fulfulde [fuv]. Used as L2 by Bena [yun], Kaan [ldl], Longuda [lnu], Mbula-Bwazza [mbu].

Language Development
Many are educated. Most villages have primary schools. Grammar. Bible portions: 1937.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.