Balanta-Kentohe

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A language of Guinea-Bissau

Alternate Names
Alante, Balanda, Balant, Balanta, Balante, Ballante, Belante, Brassa, Bulanda, Frase
Population

397,000 in Guinea-Bissau (2006 World Factbook). Population total all countries: 423,000.

Location

Widespread. Central western area, between north and south country borders.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Kantohe (Kentohe, Queuthoe), Mane, Naga, Nhacra (Fora). Naga, Mane, and Kantohe dialects may be separate languages. Distinct from Balanta-Ganja [bjt] in Senegal. Not intelligible with Mansoanka [msw]. Naga and Mane are related on one end, and Nhacra and Kentohe are very closely related on the other end of the dialect chain, with Kentohe and Mane being furthest apart. Mane speakers say they are the same as Balanta Ganja [bjt] of Senegal. (2009 B. Paris).

Language Use

Also use Upper Guinea Crioulo [pov].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Films. NT: 2011.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.