Nyabwa

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A language of Côte d’Ivoire

Alternate Names
Niaboua, Nyaboa, Nyabwa-Nyédébwa
Population

42,700 (1993 SIL). 32,500 Nyabwa, 7,700 Nyedebwa, 2,500 Kouzié.

Location

Lake Buyo area; Haut-Sassandra Region, southwest corner, Vavoua (Nyedebwa), Issia, Buyo, Zoukougbeu (Nyabwa), and Daloua subprefectures; Bas-Sassandra Region, northwest.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Kouzié, Nyabwa, Nyedebwa (Niédéboua). Lexical similarity: 90% with Nyabwa and Nyedebwa dialects, 74%–80% between them and Wè Southern [gxx] and Wè Northern [wob].

Typology

Whistle speech reported.

Language Use

Also use French [fra], Jula [dyu], Wè Northern [wob], Wè Southern [gxx].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%–10%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. NT: 1991.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Ethnonym: Bété not wanted. Kouzii is an ethnic subgroup of Nyabwa, not a dialect. Christian, traditional religion.