Blin is a Central Cushitic languages with about 70,000 speakers in and around the city of Keren in Eritrea. Blin is also known as Bilin, Bilen, Bogo, Bogos, Bilayn, Balen, Beleni, Belen, Bilein, Bileno and North Agaw.
It is written with a version of the Ge'ez script developed by missionaries in the late 19th century. The first text in Blin was published in 1882. In 1985 the Eritrean People's Liberation Front decided to use the Latin alphabet for Blin and other minority languages in Eritrea. In 1993 the government set up a committee to standardize the Blin language and the Latin-based orthography.
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