Nateni

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A language of Benin

Population

66,000 (Johnstone and Mandryk 2001).

Location

Atakora department: Tanguiéta, Toucountouna, Cobly, Matéri, and Kouandé communes. Tayaba dialect in Tanguiéta; Kuntemba in Cobly, Matéri, and Tanguiéta communes; Natemba in Toucountouna commune; Okoma in Tanguiéta and Kouandé communes; Tayaba in Tanguiéta commune, Matéri, and Tanguiéta communes.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

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

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 programs. Videos. Grammar. Bible portions: 1999–2015.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

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