Reshe

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A language of Nigeria

Alternate Names
Bareshe, Gunga, Gunganchi, Gunganci, Gungawa, Tsureja, Yaurawa
Autonym
Tsureshe
Population

44,000 (1993 SIL).

Location

Kebbi state: Yauri LGA; Niger state: Borgu LGA; Niger river banks, north of Busa.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Cirami (Birami, Eastern Reshe), Tsupalame (Bapalame, Western Reshe). Most divergent of Western Kainji languages (Blench 1988). Lexical similarity: 43% with Lopa [lop], 33% with Laru [lan], 20% with ut-Hun [uth], 11% with Tsishingini [tsw] (Salka).

Language Use

Shifting to Hausa [hau]. Used by all.

Language Development

Bible portions: 1970–2009.

Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 2007.

Other Comments

Strong association between wrestling, the traditional religion, and ethnic identity. Muslim, traditional religion.

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