Nyabwa

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A language of Côte d’Ivoire

Alternate Names
Niaboua, Nyaboa, Nyabwa-Nyédébwa, “Bété” (pej.)
Population

L1 users: 42,700 (1993 SIL). 32,500 Nyabwa, 7,700 Nyedebwa, 2,500 Kouzié.

Location

Bas-Sassandra district: northwest; Sassandra-Marahoué district: Vavoua subprefecture, Kouya canton; Buyo, Daloua, Issia, Vavoua (Nyedebwa), and Zoukougbeu (Nyabwa) subprefectures, 12 southwest villages; all in Lake Buyo area.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Nyabwa, Nyedebwa (Niédéboua), Kouzii (Kouzié). Lexical similarity: 90% with Nyabwa and Nyedebwa dialects, 74%–80% between them and Wè Southern [gxx] and Wè Northern [wob].

Typology

Whistle speech reported.

Language Use

Also use French [fra], Jula [dyu], Wè Northern [wob], Wè Southern [gxx].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%–10%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. NT: 1991.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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