Cineni

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A language of Nigeria

Population

3,000 (1998).

Location

Borno state: Gwoza LGA, Cineni village.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

None known. Lexical similarity: 85% with Glavda [glw], 78%–82% with Guduf-Gava [gdf], 60% with Dghwede [dgh], 53% with Gvoko [ngs], 45% with Hdi [xed], 44% with Vemgo-Mabas [vem], and 42% with Lamang [hia] (Hamm 2004).

Language Use

Traditional ceremonies and announcements. Some young people, all adults. Positive attitudes. Some also use English [eng], especially in local government area meetings (Hamm 2004). Some also use Hausa [hau], especially the youth (Hamm 2004).

Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Christian, Muslim.

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