Hanga

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A language of Ghana

Alternate Names
Anga
Population

6,800 (2003 GILLBT), increasing. 4,100 in the traditional area, 2,700 elsewhere.

Location

North central, southeast of Mole Game Reserve, Damongo district. Murugu is biggest village.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Northern Hanga, Southern Hanga. Kamara [jmr] is a separate language. Subdialects of Southern Hanga are Langantere, Murugu, Damongo; subdialects of Northern Hanga are Yazori and Bowena. Lexical similarity: 84% with Southern Dagaare [dga] and Farefare [gur].

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. Also use Gonja [gjn].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%–30%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%. NT: 1983.
Writing
Latin script, used since 1981.
Other Comments

Politically a subgroup of the Gonja.