A language of Ghana

Alternate Names
Mampelle, Mamprule, Mamprusi, Mamprussi, Manpelle, Ngmamperli, Nmampurli, Ŋmampəlli

316,000 in Ghana (2013 UNSD), increasing. Total users in all countries: 326,000.


Northern region: east and west of Gambaga; Upper East region: scattered border areas north of the White Volta river, between Pwalagu and Zongoiri.

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Language Status

2 (Provincial). De facto provincial language in northeast North Region.


Eastern Mampruli. 50% intelligibility with Dagbani [dag]. Lexical similarity: 95% with Dagbani [dag], 90% with Farefare [gur].

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. Used by all. Also use Bimoba [bim], Bisa [bib], Farefare [gur]. Used as L2 by Konni [kma].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: 5%–10%. 48 literacy teachers; about 20 primary schools, 10 junior secondary schools, 3 secondary schools. Taught in primary and secondary schools. Literature. Dictionary. NT: 2001.


Latin script [Latn], used since 1981.

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Muslim.

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