Masana

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A language of Chad

Alternate Names
“Banana” (pej.), Masa, Massa
Population

130,000 in Chad (2006). Population total all countries: 233,000.

Location

Mayo-Kebbi Est Region, Mayo-Boneye department, Bongor subprefecture, along Logone river. Also in Cameroon.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Bongor, Bugudum (Budugum), Domo, Gizay (Gisey, Guissey), Gumay (Goumaye), Ham, Walia (Walya), Wina (Viri), Yagwa (Yagoua). All dialects understand Yagoua dialect well; Gizay and Yagoua dialects are 80% mutually intelligible. Lexical similarity: 97% between the Budugum dialect and the most similar other dialect.

Language Use

Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Primary school program. Dictionary. Bible: 2003.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.

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