Dendi language

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Region northern Benin
Native speakers
32,000  (1995)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ddn
Glottolog dend1243[2]

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.[3]


  1. ^ Dendi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Dendi (Benin)". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Joe Salmons, Accentual change and language contact: Comparative survey and a case study of early Northern Europe