Nde-Nsele-Nta

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A language of Nigeria

Population

19,500 (1987). 12,000 Nde, 3,000 Nsele, 4,500 Nta.

Location

Cross River state: Ikom LGA.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Nde (Befon, Ekamtulufu, Mbenkpe, Mbofon, Udom), Nsele (Nselle), Nta (Afunatam, Atam). Lexical similarity: 88%–92% among dialects, 66%–68% with Efutop [ofu], 65%–67% with Abanyom [abm], 53%–58% with Nkem-Nkum [isi], 58%–61% with Nnam [nbp], 57%–59% with Ekajuk [eka].

Language Use

Home, community. All ages. Also use Abanyom [abm], Efik [efi], Efutop [ofu], Nigerian Pidgin [pcm]. Used as L2 by Abanyom [abm].

Language Development
English [eng] used in school.