Tammari language

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Benin-Promotion de la litterature en ditammari.jpg
Sign in Tammari and French
Native to Benin, Togo
Ethnicity Betammaribe
Native speakers
150,000 (2006–2012) [1]
Official status
Recognised minority
language in
Flag of Benin.svg  Benin
Language codes
ISO 639-3 tbz
Glottolog dita1238
The Lord's Prayer, in Ditammari. Church of the Pater Noster, in Jerusalem. Church of the Pater Noster tbz.jpg
The Lord's Prayer, in Ditammari. Church of the Pater Noster, in Jerusalem.
A Tammari house, in Togo Togo Taberma house 04.jpg
A Tammari house, in Togo

Tammari is a language which is spoken in Benin and Togo. It is also known as Ditammari. The Tammari people, who live in Benin and Togo, mostly speak the language. There are about 47.000 speakers. About half live in Togo, the other half in Benin. Ditammari is of the Gur languages.


There are two dialects, Eastern Ditammari and Western Ditammari; the latter is also called Tamberma or Taberma. [1] 


Alphabet (ABB) [2] [3]
uppercase A B C D E Ɛ F H I K Kp
uppercase M N O Ɔ P R S T U W Y

The tones are indicated using the acute accent (high tone) and grave accent (low tone) on the vowel á é ɛ́ í ó ɔ́ ú à è ɛ̀ ì ò ɔ̀ ù or the nasal consonant ḿ ń m̀ ǹ. The nasalization is indicated with the tilde on the vowels ã ɛ̃ ĩ ɔ̃ ũ. The accent indicating tone can be combined above these vowels.

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  1. 1 2 Tammari at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. Kuyie Nnáaǹtì Pátíri = Bible in Ditammari. Cotonou: Alliance biblique du Bénin.
  3. "Ditammari written with Latin script: Symbols & Characters". ScriptSource.org.