Mabire language

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Native to Chad
Region Guéra Province
Native speakers
3 (2001)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 muj
Glottolog mabi1242[2]

Mabire is a critically endangered Afro-Asiatic language spoken in Oulek village in Chad.[1]


As of a report published in 2001, there were three living speakers of Mabire,[3] two of whom were an elderly brother and sister, named Terab and Balha, living in Oulek. The third speaker, Souleymane Dabanga, was the chief of the Mabire and lived in Katch.[4]


The Mabire language belongs to the Dangla group of Eastern Chadic, along with Dangaleat (Dangla) and Migaama (Migama).[5]


Fifty years ago, the Mabire lived in four large villages near Mount Mabire. These villages were Amdjaména, Arga, Mambire. The community disbanded following an epidemic, with the survivors assimilating into neighboring speech communities.[6]


  1. ^ a b Mabire at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Mabire". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
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  6. ^ Eric Johnson & Cameron Hamm. 2002. "Mabire: A Dying Language of Chad," SIL Electronic Working Papers 2002-002. online

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