350,000 in Sudan (2011 SIL). Population total all countries: 410,900.
West Darfur State, Geneina and Habila districts; South Darfur State, scattered; Gedaref State. Northern Masalit dialect: north and east of Geneina. Also in Chad.
SOV; 10 vowels; verbal affixes: person, tense-aspect, subject number, negation, interrogation
All ages. Majority use Sudanese Spoken Arabic [apd] as L2; however, people in West Darfur and women know limited Arabic.
Many fled to Chad due to war in Darfur (2011).