Maninkakan, Eastern

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A language of Guinea

Alternate Names
Eastern Malinke, Kankan Maninka, Malinké, Mande, Maninka, Southern Maninka
Population

3,000,000 in Guinea (2012 V. Vydrin). 73,500 Wasulu. Population total all countries: 3,531,800. L2 users: L2 for a considerable part of non-Manding population of Guinea, especially in the Guinée Forestière Region.

Location

Widespread north and east, and in all urban areas.

Language Status

4 (Educational). De facto language of national identity.

Dialects

Amana (Kourousa), Baliya, Gbereduu, Maninka-Mori (Mori), Toron, Wasulunkakan (Wasolon Maninka, Wassulu, Wassulunka, Wassulunke, Wasuu). Maninka of Liberia is the same as Maninka of Guinea (Eastern Maninkakan). Bambara [bam] of Mali and parts of Senegal is not vastly different. Eastern Maninkakan of Côte d’Ivoire is reportedly similar to Bambara; Western Maninkakan [mlq] of south central and southeast Senegal is considerably different. Lexical similarity: 92% with Wasulunkakan dialect, 79% with Sankaran Maninka [msc], 72% with Konyanka Maninka [mku]. A member of macrolanguage Mandingo [man].

Language Use

Used as L2 by Kakabe [kke], Pular [fuf].

Language Development
Literacy materials taught in school. Dictionary. NT: 1932–1966.
Writing

Arabic script [Arab]. Latin script [Latn]. N’Ko script [Nkoo], used in Guinea.

Other Comments

Muslim.

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