A language of Chad

Alternate Names
Abiri, Abiyi, Ebiri, Mararet, Merarit

42,400 (1993 census). 15,400 Mararit, 27,000 Abou Charib.


Wadi Fira region: Biltine Department, Am Zoer Subprefecture (Abou Charib); Ouaddaï region: Assoungha department, Mabrone subprefecture (Mararit).

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Abou Charib (Abu Sharib, Abu Sharin), Mararit. Limited intelligibility between the Abou Charib and Mararit dialects. Very difficult intelligibility of Tama [tma]. Not intelligible of Sungor [sjg]. Lexical similarity: 62% with Tama [tma], 75% between the Abou Charib and Mararit dialects.

Language Use

Also use Chadian Spoken Arabic [shu].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 0%.
Other Comments

The Abou Charib live north of the Mararit and trace their ancestry to them. Muslim.