Dagaare, Southern


A language of Ghana

Alternate Names
Dagaare, Dagara, Dagare, Dagari, Dagati, Degati, Dogaari, Southern Dagari

924,000 (2013 UNSD), increasing.


Upper West region: northwest corner.

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Language Status

4 (Educational). Recognized language (1951, Laws of the Gold Coast, Vernacular Literature Board Ordinance, as amended by Ordinance No. 44).


None known. Southern Dagaare and Southern Birifor [biv] are partially intelligible. Distinct from Northern Dagara [dgi] in Burkina Faso.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Also use English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%–10%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%. Taught in primary and secondary schools. Literature. Radio. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2014.

Latin script [Latn], used since 1966.

Other Comments

Dagaare is more prominent politically and socially than Birifor. Different from Northern Dagara [dgi] in Burkina Faso. Christian, traditional religion.

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