Balanta-Ganja

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A language of Senegal

Alternate Names
Alante, Balanda, Balant, Balante, Ballante, Belante, Brassa, Bulanda, Fjaa, Fraase
Population

82,800 (2006).

Location

Sedhiou region: south of Casamance river, between Goudomp and Tanaff, and south.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (2005, Decree No. 979 of 21 October).

Dialects

Fganja (Ganja), Fjaalib (Blip). A separate language from Balanta-Kentohe [ble] in Guinea-Bissau.

Language Use

All ages. Also use Mandinka [mnk].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%.
Writing

Arabic script [Arab]. Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.