Lamang

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A language of Nigeria

Alternate Names
Gbuhwe, Laamang, Waha
Population

40,000 (1993).

Location

Adamawa state: Michika LGA; Borno state: Gwoza LGA.

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Language Status

6a* (Vigorous).

Dialects

North Lamang, Central Lamang, South Lamang. 37% intelligibility of Vemgo-Mabas [vem], 31% of Hide [xed]. North Lamang subdialects: Zaladeva (Alataghwa), Dzuba, Leghva (Luhuva), Gwoza-Wakane; Central Lamang: Hedkala (Hidkala, Xidkala, Hitkala, Hitkalanchi), Waga (Waha, Woga, Wagga), Dlige; South Lamang: Ghudavan. Lexical similarity: 81% with Vemgo-Mabas [vem], 76% with Hdi [xed], 61% with Gvoko [ngs], 50% with Dghwede [dgh], 46%–47% with Guduf-Gava [gdf], 43% with Glavda [glw], and 42% with Cineni [cie] (Hamm 2004).

Language Use

Also use English [eng].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Grammar. Bible portions: 1995.

Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 1999.

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