Tadaksahak

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A language of Mali

Alternate Names
Daosahaq, Daoussahaq, Daoussak, Dausahaq, Dawsahaq
Population

100,000 in Mali (2007 M. Almaki), increasing. Population total all countries: 101,800. 70,000 youth are monolingual.

Location

Gao Region, Menaka circle; west into Ansongo circle. Menaka is principal town.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

No major dialects. Closely related to Tagdal [tda] (Niger), Tasawaq [twq] (Niger), and Korandje [kcy] (Algeria). Northern Songhay Languages share features from Songhay languages and Tamasheq [taq].

Typology

SVO; stress system.

Language Use

Vigorous. All ages. Positive attitudes. Some also use Tamasheq [taq], although women and children in isolated encampments understand very little.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 0% (2007 M. Almaki). Literacy rate in L2: 0% (2007 M. Almaki).
Writing

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

Other Comments

Shares culture with Tamasheq [taq].