Dendi is a Songhay language used as a trade language across northern Benin (along the Niger River; Donga and Alibori provinces, e.g. Djougou, Kandi). It forms a dialect cluster with Zarma and Songhai proper, but is heavily influenced by Bariba.
Zendi has been described as a four-tone language.
- Dendi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Dendi (Benin)". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
- Joe Salmons, Accentual change and language contact: Comparative survey and a case study of early Northern Europe