Kanuri, Manga


A language of Niger

Alternate Names
Kanouri, Kanoury, Manga

280,000 in Niger (1998). Population total all countries: 480,000.


East, along Nigeria border. Also in Nigeria.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (1999, Constitution, Article 3).


Dagara, Manga. Dialect subgroup member with other Kanuri varieties and Kanembu [kbl] in Chad.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 20%. 2 bilingual primary schools. Radio programs. TV. Dictionary. Bible portions: 2005.
Arabic script, Maghribi and Naskh styles, plans for future development using this script. Latin script, used since 2007.
Other Comments

Dagara dialect may be a separate language. Muslim.

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