Birri language

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Native toCentral African Republic
Ethnicity5,000 in CAR (1996)[1]
Native speakers
200 (1996)[2]
extinct in South Sudan (1993)[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3bvq

Birri (Bviri) is a nearly extinct, possibly Central Sudanic language of CAR and formerly of (South) Sudan. According to Boyeldieu (2010), its classification as Central Sudanic has yet to be demonstrated,[3] but Starostin (2016) finds its closest relative to be Kresh.


  1. ^ Birri language at Ethnologue (14th ed., 2000).
  2. ^ a b Birri at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. ^ a b Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Birri". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.