A language of Guinea-Bissau

Alternate Names
Alante, Balanda, Balant, Balanta, Balante, Ballante, Belante, Brassa, Bulanda, Frase

354,000 in Guinea-Bissau (2016). Total users in all countries: 380,000.


Widespread in central west.

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Language Status

5* (Developing).


Nhacra (Fora), Kantohe (Kentohe, Queuthoe), Naga, Mane. Naga, Mane, and Kantohe dialects may be separate languages. Distinct from Balanta-Ganja [bjt] in Senegal. Not intelligible with Mansoanka [msw]. Naga and Mane are related on one end, and Nhacra and Kentohe are very closely related on the other end of the dialect chain, with Kentohe and Mane being furthest apart. Mane speakers say they are the same as Balanta Ganja [bjt] of Senegal. (2009 B. Paris).

Language Use

Also use Upper Guinea Crioulo [pov].

Language Development

Taught in primary schools. Videos. NT: 2011.


Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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