Beng language

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RegionIvory Coast
Native speakers
(17,000 cited 1993)[1]
  • Mande
    • Eastern Mande
      • South(east)ern
        • Nwa–Beng?
          • Gban–Beng?
            • Beng
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
nhb – Beng
gnj – Ngen
Glottologbeng1291  Bengic[2]

Beng (Ben) is a Mande language of Ivory Coast. The Ngen dialect, perhaps a closely related language, is spelled various ways, including Gan, Ngain, Ngan, Ngin, Nguin.

Paperno describes Beng and Gbin as two primary branches of Southern Mande.


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

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