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PanAfriL10n - PanAfrLoc - Kabiye

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1.  Classification / Classification

Ethnologue classes it as: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Gur, Central, Southern, Grusi, Eastern

Alternate names and spellings according to Ethnologue: Kabre, Cabrai, Kabure, Kabye, Cabrais

2.  Where Spoken / Localisation géographique

Spoken mainly in northern Togo and border areas of Benin and Ghana.

3.  Number of Speakers / Nombre de locuteurs

700,000 in Togo (1998 SIL). Population total all countries: 730,000 (Ethnologue)

4.  Dialect Survey / Enquête de dialecte

According to Ethnologue, dialects are: Kewe, Kijang, Lama-Tissi, Boufale

"Lexical similarity 60% between Kabiye, Lama, Tem and Lukpa." (Ethnologue)

5.  Usage / Utilisation

Kabiye is one of two national languages in Togo.

Literacy rate in first language: 1% to 30%. Used in magazines, newspapers, radio programs and TV. (Ethnologue)

6.  Orthography / Orthographe

6.1  Status / Statut

Kabiye uses a Latin-based including some extended characters.

6.2  Sample Alphabet / Alphabet exemple

7.  Use in ICT / Utilisation dans les TIC

7.1  Fonts / Polices

A Unicode font with extended Latin ranges.

7.2  Keyboard layouts / Dispositions de clavier

7.3  Content on computers & internet / Contenu en informatique et sur l'Internet

7.4  Localized software / Logiciels localisés

None known of

7.5  Language codes / Codes de langue

  • ISO 639-1: -
  • ISO 639-2: -
  • ISO 639-3: kbp

7.6  Locales / Paramètres régionaux

7.7  Other / Autre

Dictionnaire kabiye, SIL International, 2015 (11423 Kabiye entries with French definitions; also look-up by French) https://kabiye.webonary.org/

8.  Localisation resources / Ressources pour localisation

8.1  Individuals (experts) / Individuelles (experts)

8.2  Institutions / Institutions

8.3  On the internet / Sur la toile

9.  Comments / Remarques

10.  References / Références

SIL International, Ethnologue: Languages of the World, "Kabiyé," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=kbp

SIL International, "ISO 639 Code Tables," http://www.sil.org/iso639-3/codes.asp

U.S. Library of Congress, "ISO 639.2: Codes for the Representation of Names of Languages: Alpha-3 codes arranged alphabetically by the English name of language," http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/php/English_list.php

Wikipedia, "Kabiyé language," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kabiy%C3%A9_language

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