Yobe language

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Native to Benin, Togo
Native speakers
(22,000 cited 1991–2012) [1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 soy
Glottolog miyo1238
ELP Miyobe
Yɔ̀bɛ̀ [2]
Languagemɔ̀yɔ̀bɛ, mɛ̀yɔ̀bɛ̀
Countrykʊ̀.yɔ̀bɛ̀ (mountain: tɪ̀.yɔ́bɛ́)

The Miyobe ([mɛ̀yɔ́bɛ̀]) language is an unclassified Niger-Congo language of Benin and Togo.

Güldemann (2018) notes that Miyobe cannot be securely classified within Gur, and leaves it out as unclassified within Niger-Congo. Unlike the Gur languages, which are SVO, Miyobe has SOV word order like the Senufo, Mande, and Dogon languages. [3]

Geographic distribution

In Togo, Miyobe is spoken in the Solla area of Binah Prefecture.

In Benin, Miyobe is spoken in Atacora Department (Boukoumbé and Kouandé communes) and Donga Department (Copargo commune). Villages are Anandana, Kuhobè, Sétrah, Kantchoko (Kapatcharè), Tchomitchomi, Koubéné-Béné, Koutchamang, and Moupémou villages. [4]

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  1. Yobe at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Rongier, Jacques. 1996. Aperçu sur le mɔyɔbɛ. Cahiers voltaïques / Gur papers 1: 115-145.
  3. Güldemann, Tom (2018). "Historical linguistics and genealogical language classification in Africa". In Güldemann, Tom (ed.). The Languages and Linguistics of Africa. The World of Linguistics series. 11. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. pp. 58–444. doi:10.1515/9783110421668-002. ISBN   978-3-11-042606-9.
  4. Pali, Tchaa. 2011. Description systematique de la langue Miyobe (Togo/Benin). (Doctoral dissertation, Université de Bordeaux III; 575pp.)