Maba

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A language of Chad

Alternate Names
Borgu, Bura Mabang, Kana Mabang, Mabaa, Mabak, Mabang, Ouaddai, Ouaddaien, Wadai, Waddayen
Population

296,000 (2006 E. Zürcher), decreasing. Very few monolinguals.

Location

Ouaddai region, Ouara and Djourf-al-Ahmar departments; Wadi Fira Region, Biltine department, Biltine subprefecture; most of Ouara department and villages south of Biltine; also in Sila and Batha regions.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication).

Dialects

Kabartu, Kodroy, Kondongo, Maba. Lexical similarity: 73% with Karanga [kth], 63% with Marfa [mvu], 42% with Masalit [mls].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

All domains in the village; home only in the towns. All ages in the villages; mostly adults in towns. Mixed attitudes. The language is generally valued less than Arabic. 180,000 also use Chadian Spoken Arabic [shu]. Used as L2 by Kendeje [klf], Surbakhal [sbj].

Language Development
Low motivation. Primary school program by gtz-Education. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar.
Writing

Arabic script [Arab]. Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Ethnic groups: Uled Djemma (Aulad Djema, Awlad Djema). Muslim.