Berom

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A language of Nigeria

Alternate Names
Afango, Berum, Birom, Gbang, Kibbo, Kibbun, Kibo, Kibyen, Lêm Berom, “Shosho” (pej.)
Population

1,000,000 (2010 SIL).

Location

Plateau state: Barakin Ladi, Jos South, Riyom LGAs; Kaduna state: Jema’a LGA; Bauchi state.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Ropp, Fan, Heikpang, Foron, Du, Gyel, Zawan, Kuru, Vwang, Riyom, Rim, Bachi, Gashish. Three dialect groups: Eastern (Ropp, Fan, Heikpang, Foron, Du), Central (Gyel, Zawan, Kuru, Vwang), Western (Riyom, Rim, Bachi, Gashish).

Language Use

Children and adults are less likely to speak it in the city. In the village all ages speak it consistently. Shifting to Hausa [hau]. All ages. Also use Hausa [hau]. Used as L2 by Cen [cen].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%–30%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 2009.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 1917, 3 orthographies unified in 1973.

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