A language of Ghana

Alternate Names
Mampelle, Mamprule, Manpelle, Ngmamperli

220,000 in Ghana (2004 SIL), increasing. Population total all countries: 230,000.


Northeast Northern region: east and west of Gambaga; Upper East region: scattered border areas north of the White Volta river, between Pwalagu and Zongoiri.

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Language Status

2 (Provincial). De facto provincial language in northeast North Region.


Eastern Mampruli, Western Mampruli. 50% intelligibility with Dagbani [dag]. Lexical similarity: 95% with Dagbani [dag], 90% with Farefare [gur].

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Also use Bimoba [bim], Bisa [bib], Farefare [gur]. Used as L2 by Konni [kma].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–10%. 48 literacy teachers; about 20 primary schools, 10 junior secondary schools, 3 secondary schools. Taught in primary and secondary schools. Dictionary. NT: 2001.

Latin script [Latn], used since 1981.

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Muslim.