Kakabe

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A language of Guinea

Alternate Names
Fulajon Kan, Fulajonkan, Jon Kule, Ourekabakan
Population

10,000 (2012 V. Vydrin). Ethnic population: 50,000 (2012 V. Vydrin).

Location

Dabola Prefecture, west and southwest of Faboula and Koumboulou towns; Mamou Prefecture, east of Timbo, Sokotoro, Wure Kaba, and 33 other villages.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Kankalabe Kakabe, Kuru-Maninka, Sokotoro Kakabe, Wure-Maninka. Reportedly similar to Mogofin [mfg], but 250 km apart. Lexically similarity: 50% with Eastern Maninkakan [emk], 58% with Mogofin [mfg] (2002 D. Rainwater).

Language Use

The language is being abandoned by the younger generation in most of the area, with the exception of the Kankalabe subprefecture. Also use Eastern Maninkakan [emk], Pular [fuf].

Language Development
Some are literate in Pular (Arabic script) or French [fra].
Other Comments

Ethnically separate from Eastern Maninkakan [emk]. Muslim.