A language of Senegal

Alternate Names
Ayan, Basari, Bassari, Biyan, Onëyan, Onian, Tenda Basari, Wo

15,000 in Senegal (2015 J. Leclerc). Total users in all countries: 24,200.


Upper Casamance, Edun area; border areas, Kedougou, Tambacounda.

Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (2005, Decree No. 987 of 21 October).


Ane, Këd, Oxalac.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Radio programs. Grammar. NT: 2011.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Often identified by the majority population as Bassari. Tenda is a cover term for Oniyan [bsc], Badyara [pbp], Wamey [cou], and Ménik [tnr]. High mortality rate. Women intermarry with men from Fulbe and other groups; children become part of the other group. Trading is carried on with the Fulbe. Traditional religion, Christian.

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