A language of Chad

Alternate Names
Shamya, Shamyan, Shemya, Sinya, Symiarta, Taar Shamyan, Zimirra

12,300 (2000).


Ouaddaï Region, Sila department, near confluence of Kaja, Azum, and Salih rivers.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Language Use

Vigorous. Most are trilingual in Sinyar, Fur [fvr], and Chadian Spoken Arabic [shu] (Boyd 1989). Many also use Daju [djc] or Masalit [mls].

Other Comments

They are culturally Fur. Little education. Geographically cut off from languages of the Bongo-Bagirmi group. Possibly no remaining speakers in Sudan (2001). Muslim.