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.
- Dendi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Dendi (Benin)". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- This map is based on classification from Glottolog and data from Ethnologue.
- Joe Salmons, Accentual change and language contact: Comparative survey and a case study of early Northern Europe