Dagbani

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A language of Ghana

Alternate Names
Dagbamba, Dagbane, Dagomba
Population

800,000 (2004 SIL), increasing.

Location

Northeast Tamale area, as far as Yendi.

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Language Status

4 (Educational). Recognized language (1951, Laws of the Gold Coast, Vernacular Literature Board Ordinance, as amended by Ordinance No. 44).

Dialects

Nanuni (Nanumba). Lexical similarity: 95% with Mampruli [maw], 90% with Farefare [gur], 89% with Kusaal [kus].

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Also use English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 3%. Literacy rate in L2: 2%. Taught in primary and secondary schools. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 2007.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 1968.

Other Comments

Ethnic autonym: Dagbamba or Dagomba; Ethnonym: Dagbani. Muslim, traditional religion.