Tofin language

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Native to Benin
Native speakers
66,000 (2006) [1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 tfi
Glottolog tofi1235
People speaking Tofin near Ganvié

Tɔfin (Toffi) is a Gbe language of Benin.

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Gbe languages

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  1. Tɔfin at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)