Hanga

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A language of Ghana

Alternate Names
Anga
Population

6,800 (2003 GILLBT), increasing. 4,100 in the traditional area, 2,700 elsewhere.

Location

Northern region: southeast of Mole Game Reserve, Damongo district; Murugu is biggest village.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Northern Hanga, Southern Hanga. Kamara [jmr] is a separate language. Subdialects of Southern Hanga are Langantere, Murugu, Damongo; subdialects of Northern Hanga are Yazori and Bowena. Lexical similarity: 84% with Southern Dagaare [dga] and Farefare [gur].

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. Also use Gonja [gjn].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%–30%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%. NT: 1983.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 1981.

Other Comments

Politically a subgroup of the Gonja.