Nupe-Nupe-Tako

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A language of Nigeria

Alternate Names
Nufawa, Nupeci, Nupenchi
Autonym
Nupe
Population

1,000,000, all users. L1 users: 800,000 (1990). L2 users: 200,000 (Wiesenfeld 1999).

Location

Niger state: Mariga, Gbako, Agaie, and Lapai LGAs; Kwara state: Edu LGA; Kogi state: Kogi LGA; possibly Abuja Capital Territory.

Language Status

3 (Wider communication). De facto language of provincial identity in Niger, Kwara, and Koji states; possibly in Abuja Capital Territory, widespread.

Dialects

Nupe Central (Ampeyi, Anupe, Anupecwayi, Anuperi, Nife, Nupecizi, Nupencizi, Takpa, Tapa, Tappah), Nupe Tako (Bassa Nge). Nupe Central is literary norm.

Language Use

Regionally important language. Also use English [eng]. Used as L2 by Asu [aum], Basa [bzw].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 60%. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1953–1989.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Muslim, traditional religion.

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