Paasaal

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A language of Ghana

Alternate Names
Funsile, Pasaale, Pasaale Sisaala, Southern Sisaala
Population

36,000 (2003 GILLBT), increasing.

Location

Upper West Region, south of Tumu, 105 km east of Wa. About 18 villages.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Gilbagala, Pasaali. The Gilbagala more similar to Paasaal than to Tumulung Sisaala [sil]. The dialect in Funsi Kundogo is predominant among the Paasaal villages.

Typology

SVO; prepositions; articles, adjectives, numerals after noun heads; question word initial; word order distinguishes object; ergativity; CV, CVC, CVV; tonal

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Also use Wali [wlx], Tumulung Sisaala [sil], Hausa [hau], or English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–2%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%. About 50% of children begin school; 10%–20% complete junior secondary school. Grammar. NT: 2001.
Writing
Latin script, used since 1995.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Muslim.