Bata language

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Native to Nigeria, Cameroon
Region Adamawa State, North Province
Native speakers
(150,000 cited 1992)[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 btainclusive code
Individual code:
kso – Kofa (not a distinct language)[1]
Glottolog bata1314[3]
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Ethnic territories of the Bata-speaking people (Batta) in Nigeria, in blue

Bata (Gbwata) is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in Nigeria in Adamawa State in the Numan, Song, Fufore and Mubi LGAs, and in Cameroon in North Province along the border with Nigeria. Dialects are Demsa, Garoua, Jirai, Kobotachi, Malabu, Ndeewe, Ribaw, Wadi, and Zumu (Jimo).[2] It is often considered the same language as Bacama.


  1. ^ Hammarström (2015) Ethnologue 16/17/18th editions: a comprehensive review: online appendices
  2. ^ a b Bata at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Kofa (not a distinct language)[1] at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Bata". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.