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Pidgin Arabic: Bongor Arabic
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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 nor…

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Xavier Luffin, “Pidgin Arabic: Bongor Arabic”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 15 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0262>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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