Jahanka

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A language of Guinea

Alternate Names
Diakhanke, Diakkanke, Dyakanke, Jahanque, Jahonque, Jaxanka
Population

29,000 in Guinea (1999 G. Gumbs). Population total all countries: 29,500.

Location

Boké Region, Gabu and Bafata prefectures, more than 60 villages. Also in Guinea-Bissau, Mali.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Jahanka in Gambia may be same language, or a dialect of Western Maninkakan [mlq]. Jahanka in Senegal and Guinea-Bissau is a dialect of Western Maninkakan [mlq]. Lexical similarity: 75% with Mandinka [mnk].

Writing
Arabic script.
Other Comments

Reportedly came from Mali in 18th century and trace their origins to Soninke [snk], but now speak a separate language. Muslim.

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