Xaasongaxango

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A language of Mali

Alternate Names
Kasonke, Kasso, Kasson, Kassonke, Khasonke, Khassonka, Khassonké, Malinke, Maninka, Xaasonga, Xasonga, Xasonke
Population

700,000 in Mali (2012 V. Vydrin). Population total all countries: 710,610.

Location

Kayes Region, Bafoulabé, Kayes, and Kéniéba circles.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (1996, Law 96-049 of 14 December).

Dialects

Jahanka, Kéniéba Maninka, Xaasonga. High intelligibility of Western Maninkakan [mlq], less of Bamanankan [bam], but for sociolinguistic reasons they are considered separate languages. 90% inherent intelligibility of Loma [loi]. Lexical similarity: 70% with Mandinka [mnk] of Gambia and Senegal.

Language Use

All ages.

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2008.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

French spelling is Khassonké. Muslim.

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