Gbe, Saxwe


A language of Benin

Alternate Names
Sahouè, Sahouègbe, Saxwe, Saxwegbe, Saxwe-Gbe, Tsaph?, Tsaph? -Gbe

170,000 (2002 census).


Mono department: Houéyogbé and Bopa communes; Kouffo department: Lalo commune; Atlantique department: Kpomasse commune.

Language Maps
Language Status

5 (Developing).


Daxe, Saxwe, Se.


SVO; no noun classes or gender; question words initial; minimal affixing; 12 vowel phonemes; no case marking (except pronouns); tonal.

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Some also use Aja [ajg]. Some also use Ayizo Gbe [ayb]. Most also use Fon [fon]. Use of French [fra] varies with education level. Most also use Gen [gej]. Some also use Kotafon Gbe [kqk]. Used as L2 by Ayizo Gbe [ayb], Gbesi Gbe [gbs], Kotafon Gbe [kqk], Xwela Gbe [xwe].

Language Development
Magazines. Radio programs. Bible portions: 2014.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.