Maninkakan, Western


A language of Senegal

Alternate Names
Malinka, Malinké, Maninga, Maninka-Western, Western Malinke

422,000 in Senegal (2006). Population total all countries: 858,300.


Tambacounda and Kedougou regions: north of Gambia river; Kolda region: near easternmost point of The Gambia.

Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (2001, Constitution, Article 1).


Jahanka (Diakhanke, Diakhonké, Diakkanke, Jahanque, Jahonque, Jaxanka, Kyakanke). Lexical similarity: 59% with Mandinka [mnk]. A member of macrolanguage Mandingo [man].

Language Use

Most domains. All ages.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Radio programs. Grammar. Bible portions: 1997–2003.

Arabic script [Arab]. Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Muslim, traditional religion.

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