Kanuri is a collection of dialects belonging to the Nilo-Saharan language family. There are about 4 million Kanuri speakers in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, and also by some people in Libya and Sudan.
Kanuri is used as a local lingua franca along with Hausa and Arabic. It was written with a version of the Arabic alphabet from about the 17th century, and is currently written with the Latin alphabet. A standardised spelling system based on the Maiduguri dialect and using the Latin alphabet, the Standard Kanuri Orthography, was developed during the 1970s and implemented in 1975.
Kanuri is used as a medium of instruction in primary schools in Nigeria and Niger, and it is possible to study Kanuri up to PhD level.
Adamgana woso kambe katambo ye daraja-a hakkiwa-ason kalkalye. Hankal-a nazaru-asoro kəzəpkə ye suro hal nəmharamiben kamazasoga letaiyin ye.
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