1,000,000 in Mali (2007 S. Crickmore). Population total all countries: 1,008,500.
Widespread in central Mali; Koulikoro Region, Sikasso except southwest regions, Segou except southeast; Mopti Region north of Mopti city; Toumbouctou Region, Youvarou, Niafunke, Dire, and Gourma-Rharous circles. Also in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana.
4 (Educational). Recognized language (1982, Decree No. 159 of 19 July, Article 1).
Eastern Macina, Western Macina. Some dialect differences, but all dialects in Mali perceived inherently intelligible. Substantial Bamanankan [bam] influence. There is skewing between the ethnic and linguistic relationships.
All domains. Positive attitudes. Also use Bamanankan [bam].
Maasina in Mali is a major Fula geopolitical state. Ethnonym: Fulbe in Fulfulde [ffm]; Fulani in English. Glossonym: Peul or Toucouleur in French. Muslim, Christian.