Pangu

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A language of Nigeria

Alternate Names
Arringeu, Pongo, Pongu, Tarin
Population

30,000 (2003 SIL).

Location

Niger State, Rafi LGA, Gumna and Tegina districts, between Kusheriki (north), Zungeru (south); Sabon Gari Pangu is center; Kaduna, Minna, Kontagora, and Bida towns. Bordered by Kamuku [cdr], Ngwoi [nat], Ura [ula], Basa-Kaduna [bsl], Bauchi [bsf], Basa-Gurmana [buj], Gurmana [gvm], and Gbari [gby] language areas.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Tarin, Waga. Lexical similarity: 94%–99% among dialects.

Typology

SVO; prepositions; noun classes, noun head initial, question words phrase initial, tense-aspect morphemes precede verb root, verb root suffixes for tense and iterative forms; 25 consonant phonemes, 38 vowel phonemes; 2 tones.

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng], Hausa [hau].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 0%. Many children and adults are literate in Hausa [hau] or English [eng]. Videos.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], in development.

Other Comments

Sister exchange pattern in marriage (now rarely practiced). Muslim, traditional religion.