A language of Togo

Alternate Names
Lamba, Losso

117,000 in Togo (Vanderaa 1991). Population total all countries: 177,000.


Kara region, Kéran and Doufelgou prefectures; Central and Plateaux regions, Sotouboua, Ogou, and Haho prefectures; important minority in Lomé.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Defale, Kadjala (Kadjalla), Kande (Kante). Reportedly similar to Tem [kdh] and Kabiye [kbp].

Language Use

Home, neighborhood, work. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Éwé [ewe], French [fra], Kabiyè [kbp], Tem [kdh]. Used as L2 by Miyobe [soy], Nawdm [nmz].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 20%. NT: 1993–1995.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Ethnic autonym: Lama. Lamba is the French name. Losso refers to people on the Losso Plain, including the Nawdeba (Nawdm). Traditional religion.

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