Mandjak

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A language of Guinea-Bissau

Alternate Names
Kanyop, Mandjaque, Mandyak, Manjaca, Manjack, Manjaco, Manjaku, Manjiak, Mendyako, Ndyak
Population

184,000 in Guinea-Bissau (2006 World Factbook). Population total all countries: 310,600.

Location

West and northwest of Bissau. Also in France, Gambia, Senegal.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Bok (Babok, Sarar, Teixeira Pinto, Tsaam), Cur (Churo), Likes-Utsia (Baraa, Kalkus), Lund, Yu (Pecixe, Pulhilh, Siis). Some dialects may be separate languages. Similar to Mankanya [knf] and Papel [pbo].

Typology

Nominal prefixes, 2 plural forms; complex auxiliary verbs and aspect particles; verb suffixes; relative clauses functioning as adjectives, with nominal markers at beginning and end; pitch distinction on verbal and nominal forms; emphatic markers

Language Use

Important politically. Thousands emigrated to France.

Language Development
Films. Bible portions: 1968.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.

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