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Pidgin Arabic: Bongor Arabic

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Author(s): Xavier Luffin
1. General 1.1 Area Bongor Arabic, locally called árab aná bóngor, less often túrku or túrgu, is a pidginized form of Arabic that is spoken in southwestern Chad in the Mayo-Kebbi area, more specifically in Bongor, a city which is close to the border with Cameroon. Bongor Arabic is used as a lingua franca between the Masa (or Masana) and the Tupuri (two populations who speak a Chadic language and a Niger-Congo language respectively) on the one hand, and Arabic-speaking traders from the north on the other. There are no data concerning the number of speakers. Information concerning the actual…
Date: 2018-04-01