Gbe, Saxwe


A language of Benin

Alternate Names
Sahouè, Sahouègbe, Saxwe, Saxwe-Gbe, Saxwegbe, Tsaphe, Tsaphe -Gbe

175,000 (2014 J. Leclerc).


Atlantique department: Kpomasse commune; Coufou department: Lalo commune; Mono department: Bopa and Houéyogbé communes.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Saxwe, Daxe, Se.


SVO; no noun classes or gender; question words initial; minimal affixing; 12 vowel phonemes; no case marking (except pronouns); tonal.

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Most also use Fon [fon], Gen [gej]. Some also use Aja [ajg], Ayizo Gbe [ayb], Kotafon Gbe [kqk]. Also use French [fra], to extents varying with education level. Used as L2 by Ayizo Gbe [ayb], Gbesi Gbe [gbs], Kotafon Gbe [kqk], Xwela Gbe [xwe].

Language Development
Literature. Periodicals. Radio. Bible portions: 2014.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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