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A language of Côte d’Ivoire

Alternate Names
Da, Gio, Gio-Dan, Ya, Yacouba, Yakuba
Population

1,300,000 in Côte d’Ivoire (2012 V. Vydrin). 650,000 in Eastern Dan, 650,000 in western Dan. Population total all countries: 1,610,800.

Location

Dix-Huit Montagnes Region, Man (except Kouibly and Facoubly), Danané, Biankouma prefectures, 19 villages; Bafing Region, Liberian border area west of Touba.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Blowo (Western Dan), Gweetaawu (Eastern Dan). At least 38 subdialects. In Liberia speakers in Garplay understood Côte d’Ivoire Yacouba dialect recordings as follows: Danane, Koulinle, Kale: very well; Blosse: quite well; Bloundo: reasonably well; dialects east of Blouno: considerable difficulty (Bolli and Frick 1971).

Typology

Whistle speech reported.

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Educated Dan also use French [fra]. Also use Jula [dyu]. Used as L2 by Toura [neb].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1% or more. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Taught in primary schools. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1981–1993.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, Muslim.

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