Nara

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A language of Eritrea

Alternate Names
“Barea” (pej.), “Baria” (pej.), “Barya” (pej.)
Population

81,400 (2006).

Location

West, Barentu area and north, Kunama territory south.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Higir, Koyta, Mogareb, Santora. Little intelligibility of Kunama [kun].

Typology

SOV; case suffixes; passive verbs; reciprocal verbs.

Language Use

Home, community. All ages. Positive attitudes. The Koyta also use also Kunama [kun]. Also use Arabic [arb] for intercommunication. Also use Tigré [tig] for intercommunication. Used as L2 by Bilen [byn].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Female: 21%. Most literate Nara use Arabic [arb]. Taught in some primary schools. Poetry. Radio programs. Videos.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 1988.

Other Comments

Considerable dialect variation within 4 main groups: Higir, Mogareb, Koyta, and Santora. Muslim.