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Nara language

Native to Eritrea
Native speakers
81,000  (2006)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 nrb
Glottolog nara1262[2]

The Nara (Nera) or Barea (Barya) language is a Nilo-Saharan language spoken chiefly in western Eritrea.[3] The language is often confused with Kunama, which is at best only distantly related. According to Tsige Hailemichael, the "...Nara language is in danger of quickly disappearing."[4] The name Barea is considered very derogatory as it translates to "slave".


  1. ^ Nara at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Nara". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ "Ethnologue report for language code:nrb". Retrieved 2006-08-31. 
  4. ^ Hailemichael, Tsige (2005-11-05). "Once Upon a Time… in Nara Language". Retrieved 2006-08-31. 

External links

  • Nara basic lexicon at the Global Lexicostatistical Database

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