Waama

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A language of Benin

Alternate Names
Yoabou, Yoabu
Population

50,000 (2000 SIL).

Location

Atakora Department, Natingou, Toucountouna, Mouande communes; Pehonko commune, at least 20 villages; Cotonou, Parakou area. Natitingou is cultural center.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication).Other speakers often use it in the market.

Dialects

Tangamma, Waama.

Language Use

Vigorous. Market, religion, preschools, home, neighborhood. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Baatonum [bba], Ditammari [tbz], French [fra], Nateni [ntm]. Used as L2 by Notre [bly].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–10%. Newspapers. Radio programs. TV. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1994.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.