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Nupe belongs to the Nupe-Gware subbranch of Kwa. (Webbook)
Ethnologue lists the classification as: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Nupoid, Nupe-Gbagyi, Nupe
It is presently spoken in the states of Kwara, Niger, Benue, part of the Plateau states, and the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. (Webbook)
According to Ethnologue:
Smith (1969) and Voegelin and Voegelin (1977) cite five dialect sets in Nupe: Nupe Proper, Ebe, Dibo (Zitako), Kupa, and Bassa-nge or Basa-nge. Bokani reports that the dialect situation is more complicated as a result of the rise and fall of the Nupe kingdom. No information is available as to the degree of mutual intelligibility, however. (Webbook)
According to information compiled from Ethnologue:
Nupe is a local language. Bokani reports "it is officially used in broadcasting news over radio and television in Niger and Kwara States." (Webbook)
Notes from Ethnologue:
There is an approved (Latin-based) orthography put out by the Ministry of Education in Minna following the efforts of the 1953 UNESCO conference in Zaria and the Nigerian 1977 new National Policy on Education. (Webbook with modification) [details? it is not clear whether this uses extended characters - sources in 6.2 differ]
Alphabet as reported by Hartell (1993) and presented in Systèmes alphabétiques: http://sumale.vjf.cnrs.fr/phono/AfficheTableauOrtho2N.php?choixLangue=nupe
No localisation efforts known.
Need more clarity on what dialects should be included under this heading and their relationship to Central Nupe. In any event, Central Nupe would be the obvious first choice for any kind of localisation.
Also need more info on the orthography.
SIL International, Ethnologue: Languages of the World, "Asu," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=aum
______, "Kupa," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=kug
______, "Language Family Trees: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Nupoid, Nupe-Gbagyi," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_family.asp?subid=90373
______, "Nupe-Nupe-Tako," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=nup
SIL International, "ISO 639 Code Tables," http://www.sil.org/iso639-3/codes.asp
U.S. Library of Congress, "ISO 639.2: Codes for the Representation of Names of Languages: Alpha-3 codes arranged alphabetically by the English name of language," http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/php/English_list.php
Wikipedia, "Nupe language," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nupe_language