Arabic, Chadian SpokenPrint
896,100 in Chad (2006), increasing. Population total all countries: 1,139,100.
Salamat, Ouaddaï, and Wadi Fira regions, Batha Region center and west, much of Chari-Baguirmi Region; Mayo-Kebbi; north Tandjilé Region; Guéra Region. Also in Cameroon (Shuwa Arabic), Central African Republic (Shuwa Arabic), Niger (Shuwa Arabic), Nigeria (Shuwa Arabic).
3 (Wider communication).
Dialects depend on whether their speakers are sedentary or nomads, rural or urban, and on migration routes. A pidginized variety, commonly called, Bongor Arabic, is spoken as L2 by many in the Mayo-Kebbi and other parts of south Chad.
Shuwa Arabic is the name used in other countries for the dialect near Lake Chad. Muslim.