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PanAfriL10n - PanAfrLoc - Safaliba


1.  Classification / Classification

Ethnologue gives its classification as: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Gur, Central, Northern, Oti-Volta, Western, Northwest. Ethnologue also indicates it has a 79% lexical similarity with Southern Dagaare.

2.  Where Spoken / Localisation géographique

Northern Region of Ghana.

3.  Number of Speakers / Nombre de locuteurs

''Ethnologue cites a 2003 estimate of 4,000. A VOA article in 2015 puts the number at 7,000.

4.  Dialect Survey / Enquête de dialecte

5.  Usage / Utilisation

According to Ethnologue: "Vigorous. All domains. All ages." Apparently used as an L2? by some in Kamara group.

Literacy rates among Safilaba L1 speakers(according to Ethnologue):

  • Ethiopia
    • L1: <1%
    • L2: 8%

6.  Orthography / Orthographe

6.1  Status / Statut

A Latin script-based written form was developed in 2003.

6.2  Sample Alphabet / Alphabet exemple

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7.  Use in ICT / Utilisation dans les TIC

7.1  Fonts / Polices

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7.2  Keyboard layouts / Dispositions de clavier

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

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7.4  Localized software / Logiciels localisés

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7.5  Language codes / Codes de langue


  • ISO-639-3: saf

7.6  Locales / Paramètres régionaux

7.7  Other / Autre

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

Currently (as of 2015) the subject of a project to enable its use in local schools.

10.  References / Références

Lewis, M. Paul, Gary F. Simons, and Charles D. Fennig (eds.). 2015. "Safaliba." Ethnologue?: Languages of the World, 18th ed. Dallas, Texas: SIL International. http://www.ethnologue.com/language/saf

Voice of America. 2015. "Learning to Read in Safaliba Helps Ghanaian Kids Learn English." 1 May 2015 http://learningenglish.voanews.com/content/learn-to-read-safaliba-helps-learn-english/2737208.html

Wikipedia, "Safilaba language," https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safaliba_language

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