Bilen

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A language of Eritrea

Alternate Names
Balen, Belen, Beleni, Bilayn, Bilein, Bileno, Bilin, Bogo, Bogos, North Agaw
Population

120,000 (2010 J. Leclerc).

Location

Anseba region: Keren town area.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Senhit, T’aqwur.

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Home. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Kunama [kun], Nara [nrb]. Also use Tigrigna [tir], by 60% of the Christian population. Also use Tigré [tig], by 70% of the Muslim population. Younger generation mixes their speech with Arabic.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Females: 40%. Taught in primary schools. Literature. Periodicals. Radio. Videos. Dictionary. Texts. Bible portions: 1882–1984.
Writing

Ethiopic script [Ethi], used unofficially. Latin script [Latn], used since 1990s, primary usage.

Other Comments

Muslim, Christian.

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