Gwari language

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Native toNigeria
RegionNiger State, Nassarawa State
EthnicityGbagyi people
Native speakers
(700,000 Gbagyi cited 1991)[1]
350,000 Gbari (2002)
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
gbr – Gbagyi
gby – Gbari

Gwari is a Nupoid language spoken by over a million people in Nigeria. There are two principal varieties, Gbari (West Gwari) and Gbagyi (East Gwari), which have some difficulty in communication; sociolinguistically they are distinct languages.


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