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Gen language

Native to Togo, Benin
Native speakers
330,000  (1991–2006)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 gej
Glottolog genn1243[2]

Gen (also called Gɛ̃, Gɛn gbe, Gebe, Guin, Mina, Mina-Gen, and Popo) is a Gbe language spoken in the southeast of Togo in the Maritime Region. It is also spoken in the Mono Department of Benin. It is part of the Volta–Niger branch of the major African Niger–Congo language family. Like the other Gbe languages, Gen is a tonal language.

According to SIL/Ethnologue, there are 200,000 Gen-speakers in Togo in 1991, and 130,000 in Benin in 2006.


  1. ^ Gen at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Gen". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  • Kangni, Atah-Ekoué (1989) La syntaxe du Gẽ: étude syntaxique d'un parler Gbe: le Gẽ du Sud-Togo. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.

External links

  • Map of Gen language area from the LL-Map Project

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