Nateni

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A language of Benin

Population

L1 users: 61,000 (2014 J. Leclerc).

Location

Atacora department: Cobly, Kouandé, Matéri, Tanguiéta, and Toucountouna communes. Cobly, Matéri, and Tanguiéta communes (Kuntemba dialect); Toucountouna commune (Natemba dialect); Tanguiéta and Kouandé communes (Okoma dialect); Matéri, and Tanguiéta communes (Tayaba dialect).

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Nateni (Natemba, Natimba), Tayari (Tayaba), Kunteni (Kuntemba), Okoni (Okoma).

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, village, market. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Baatonum [bba], French [fra]. Used as L2 by Waama [wwa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Radio. Videos. Bible portions: 1999–2015.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Tayakou is center of traditional beliefs and practices. Traditional religion.

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