Beng language

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Region Ivory Coast
Native speakers
17,000 (1993)[1]
  • Mande
    • Eastern Mande
      • South(east)ern
        • Nwa–Beng?
          • Gban–Beng?
            • Beng
Language codes
ISO 639-3 nhb
Glottolog beng1291  (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)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Bengic". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.