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A language of Chad

Alternate Names
“Banana” (pej.), Masa, Massa
Population

192,000 in Chad (2013 J. Leclerc). Total users in all countries: 295,000.

Location

Mayo-Kebbi Est region: Mayo-Boneye department, Bongor subprefecture, along Logone river; small enclave in Chari-Baguirmi region.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Yagwa (Yagoua), Bongor, Wina (Viri), Walia (Walya), Domo, Gizay (Gisey, Guissey), Bugudum (Budugum), Gumay (Goumaye), Ham. All dialects understand Yagoua dialect well; Gizay and Yagoua dialects are 80% mutually intelligible. Lexical similarity: 97% between the Budugum dialect and the most similar other dialect.

Language Use

Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Primary school program. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 2003.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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