Kanuri, Manga


A language of Niger

Alternate Names
Kanouri, Kanoury
Manga, kanori

280,000 (1998). Total users in all countries: 480,000.


Zinder region; Diffa region: Diffa and Maine-soroa departments; Nigeria border area.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (1999, Constitution, Article 3).


Manga, Dagara. Dialect subgroup member with other Kanuri varieties and Kanembu [kbl] in Chad. A member of macrolanguage Kanuri [kau].

Language Use

Also use French [fra]. Used as L2 by Dazaga [dzg].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 20%. 2 bilingual primary schools. Radio. TV. Dictionary. NT: 1998.

Arabic script, Naskh variant [Arab], plans for future development using this script. Latin script [Latn], used since 2007.

Other Comments

Dagara dialect may be a separate language. Muslim.

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