Mbelime

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A language of Benin

Alternate Names
“M’Bermè” (pej.), Mbèlimè, Mbilme, “Niende” (pej.), “Niendé” (pej.), “Niendi” (pej.), “Nyende” (pej.)
Population

37,600 (Tchegnon and Guidibi 2006), increasing.

Location

Atakora Department, Cobly commune, 4 arrondissements (Cobly, Tapoga, Datori and Kountori), 26 villages; Boukoumbé commune, 2 arrondissments (Dipoli and Korontière), 5 villages.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Typology

SVO; 15 noun classes; tonal; 14 consonant and 7 vowel phonemes, 7 long vowels, 5 diphthongs

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use French [fra] or Ditammari [tbz].

Language Development
Poetry. Radio programs. Videos. Grammar.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.