Beng language

Region Ivory Coast
Native speakers
17,000 (1993)[1]
  • Mande

    • Eastern Mande
      • South(east)ern
        • Nwa–Beng?
          • Gban–Beng?
            • Beng
Language codes
ISO 639-3 nhb
Glottolog beng1291  (Bengic)[2]

Beng (Ben) is a Mande language of Ivory Coast. The Ngen dialect, perhaps a closely related language, is spelled various ways, including Gan, Ngain, Ngan, Ngin, Nguin.

Paperno describes Beng and Gbin as two primary branches of Southern Mande.


  1. Beng at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Bengic". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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