Nateni

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A language of Benin

Population

66,000 (Johnstone and Mandryk 2001).

Location

Atakora Department, Tanguiéta, Toucountouna, Cobly, Matéri, and Kouandé communes. Tayakou is center of traditional beliefs and practices. Kuntemba dialect in Cobly, Natemba in Toucountouna commune; Okoma in Tanguiéta and Kouandé communes; Tayaba in Tanguiéta commune; Matéri, and Tanguiéta communes.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Kunteni (Kuntemba), Nateni (Natemba, Natimba), Okoni (Okoma), Tayari (Tayaba).

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, village, market. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Baatonum [bba] or French [fra].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Radio programs. Videos. Grammar. Bible portions: 1999–2007.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.