Dendi

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A language of Benin

Alternate Names
Dandawa
Autonym
Songhay
Population

160,000 (2014 J. Leclerc). Total users in all countries: 162,050.

Location

Alibori and Atacora departments: Djougou, Parakou, and other towns north along Medru and Niger rivers down to Kandi.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication).

Dialects

Closely related to Zarma [dje] and Songhay [hmb]. They form a dialect subgroup.

Language Use

Market. Also use French [fra], Yom [pil]. Used as L2 by Mokole [mkl], Yom [pil].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–30%. Taught in primary schools in small-scale multilingual education program since 2013. Radio. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1995.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Djougou and Parakou speech varieties reportedly different from that in the northeast. Different from Dendi [deq] in Central African Republic. Muslim.

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