Masalit

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A language of Sudan

Alternate Names
Kana Masaraka, Massalit
Population

350,000 in Sudan (2011 SIL). Population total all countries: 410,900.

Location

West Darfur State, Geneina and Habila districts; South Darfur State, scattered; Gedaref State. Northern Masalit dialect: north and east of Geneina. Also in Chad.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Dialect in West Darfur differs from that in South Darfur. Lexical similarity: 36% with Karanga [kth], 42% with Maba [mfz], 45% with Marfa [mvu].

Typology

SOV; 10 vowels; verbal affixes: person, tense-aspect, subject number, negation, interrogation

Language Use

All ages. Majority use Sudanese Spoken Arabic [apd] as L2; however, people in West Darfur and women know limited Arabic.

Language Development
Poetry. Radio programs. Grammar.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Many fled to Chad due to war in Darfur (2011).

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