Cicipu

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A language of Nigeria

Alternate Names
Achipa, Acipanci, Western Acipa
Population

20,000 (1995 CAPRO).

Location

Kebbi state: Sakaba LGA, Sakaba; Niger state: Mariga LGA, Kakihum and Kumbashi.

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Language Status

6a* (Vigorous).

Dialects

Tirisino (Karishen), Tidipo (Kadonho), Tizoriyo (Mazarko), Tidodimo (Kadedan), Tikula (Maburya), Ticuhun (Kakihum), Tikumbasi (Kumbashi). Mutually unintelligible with linguistically most similar Tsuvadi [tvd]. Lexical similarity: about 95% among dialects; 50% with Tsuvadi [tvd], 15%–20% with Eastern Acipa [acp]; 18% with Cahungwarya [nat]; 16%–17% with Shama [sqa]; 15%–17% with Kamuku [cdr].

Language Use

Fewer children speak Cicipu in Niger State and in Kebbi State. Home, village. Positive attitudes. Also use C’Lela [dri], Hausa [hau], Tsuvadi [tvd].

Language Development
Videos.
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Kumbasi perceived as most divergent from prestigious Tirisino, the hub of traditions. Muslim, Christian, traditional religion.

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