Sénoufo, Mamara

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A language of Mali

Alternate Names
Mamara, Mianka, Minianka, Miniyanka, Minya, Minyanka, Tupiire
Population

738,000 (2000).

Location

Sikasso Region, Koutiala and Yorosso circles; northeast Mopti Region, scattered.

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Language Status

4 (Educational). Recognized language (1982, Decree No. 159 of 19 July, Article 1).

Dialects

Bàjii, Kle Noehmõ, Koloo, Kujaa, Mìjuu, Nafãã, Nejuu, Sõghoo, Suõõ. Similar to Supyire Senoufo [spp], but intercomprehension difficult.

Language Use

Also use Bambara [bam].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1% (2007 SIL). Since literacy began in 1998, everyone wants to be called just Mamara or Minyanka. Literacy has unified this group. Taught in primary schools. Grammar. NT: 2006.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Ethnic autonym: Bamaraga. Traditional religion, Muslim, Christian.