Basa-Benue language

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Basa
Basa-Benue
Native to Nigeria
Region Benue River
Native speakers
(100,000 cited 1973)[1]
Dialects
  • Basa-Kwomu
  • Basa-Makurdi
  • Basa-Gurara
  • Basa-Kwali
Language codes
ISO 639-3 bzw
Glottolog basa1282[2]

Basa, disambiguated as Basa-Benue, and also called Abacha, Abatsa, Bassa-Komo, Bassa-Kwomu, Rubasa, Rubassa, is a Kainji language spoken in central Nigeria, in the vicinity of Bassa, Ankpa, Nasarawa, and Kwali Local Government Areas and of the city of Makurdi.[1] Blench (2008) notes that Basa-Makurdi, Basa-Gurara, and Basa-Kwali are separate varieties from Bassa of Bassa LGA.

Basa speakers also often speak Igala or Nupe.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Basa at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Basa (Nigeria)". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.