A language of Guinea

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

29,000 in Guinea (1999 G. Gumbs). Total users in all countries: 29,500.


Boké region: central Gaoual prefecture, south of Nunez river, between Sangea and Boke towns, south and west of Gaoual town, upper reaches, Tamine river; more than 60 villages.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


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].


Arabic script, Naskh variant [Arab].

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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