Mbelime

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A language of Benin

Alternate Names
Bebelibe, Bèbèdibè, Mbilme, Mbèlimè, Oubièlo, Ubielo, “M’Bermè” (pej.), “Niende” (pej.), “Niendi” (pej.), “Niendé” (pej.), “Nyende” (pej.)
Population

L1 users: 37,600 (Tchegnon and Guidibi 2006), increasing. Total users in all countries: 39,900.

Location

Atacora department: Boukoumbé commune, Dipoli and Korontière subdivisions, 5 villages; Cobly commune, Cobly, Datori, Kountori, and Tapoga subdivisions, 26 villages.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Typology

SVO; 15 noun classes; tonal; 14 consonant and 7 vowel phonemes, 7 long vowels, 5 diphthongs.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Ditammari [tbz], French [fra].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Radio. Videos. Grammar. Bible portions: 2014.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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