A language of Nigeria

Alternate Names
Canga, Changa, Kã, Kenga, Kyangawa, Kyenga, Tienga, Tyanga, Tyenga

11,000 in Nigeria (2012 R. Jones), decreasing. Population total all countries: 12,000. Ethnic population: 200,000.


Kebbi state: Geshuru, Kaele, Saufu, and Tuni villages west of Illo; Boko villages of Maze, Samia, Baikinrua, Pisa.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


None known. Not inherently intelligible with the Busa group. Lexical similarity: 78% with Shanga [sho], 57%–62% with the Busa group.


SOV; postpositions; genitives before noun heads; articles, adjectives, numerals, imbedded relative NPs after noun head; person, number, aspect suffixed to subject pronouns; CV, CVV, CCV; grammatical tone on verbs, and pronouns; 3 level tones, no embedded clause, no logophoricity.

Language Use

Shifting to Hausa [hau], Dendi [ddn], Busa [bqp], Boko [bqc], or Zarma [dje] depending on location. All ages. Nearly all bilingual in Hausa [hau].

Other Comments

Muslim, traditional religion.

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