Mbelime

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A language of Benin

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

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

Location

Atakora department: Cobly commune, 4 arrondissements (Cobly, Tapoga, Datori and Kountori), 26 villages; Boukoumbé commune, 2 arrondissements (Dipoli and Korontière), 5 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%. Poetry. Radio programs. Videos. Grammar. Bible portions: 2014.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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