Wali

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A language of Ghana

Alternate Names
Ala, Ouala, Waali, Wala
Population

138,000 (2003).

Location

Northwest corner.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

’Bulengee, Cherii, ’Dolimi, Fufula, Yeri Waali. Distinct from Southern Birifor [biv] and Southern Dagaari [dga].

Language Use

Vigorous. The Chakali [cli] are bilingual in Wali. All domains. All ages. Also use English [eng]. Used as L2 by Chakali [cli], Paasaal [sig], Vagla [vag].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. Bible: 2009.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 1968.

Other Comments

The ’ before dialect names indicates a change in vowel quality. Traditional religion, Muslim.