Maba

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A language of Chad

Alternate Names
Aulad Djema, Awlad Djema, Bargo, Bergo, Borgho, Borgu, Kana Mabang, Mabaa, Mabak, Mabang, Ouaddai, Ouaddaien, Uled Djemma, Wadai, Waddayen
Autonym
Bura Mabang
Population

L1 users: 296,000 (2006 E. Zürcher), decreasing. Very few monolinguals.

Location

Batha region; Ouaddaï region: Djourf-al-Ahmar and Ouara departments; Sila region; Wadi Fira region: Biltine department, Biltine subprefecture; most of Ouara department and villages south of Biltine.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication).

Dialects

Maba, Kabartu, Kodroy, Kondongo. Lexical similarity: 73% with Karanga [kth], 63% with Marfa [mvu], 42% with Masalit [mls].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

All domains in the village; home only in the towns. All ages in the villages; mostly adults in towns. Mixed attitudes. The language is generally valued less than Arabic. Many also use Chadian Spoken Arabic [shu]. Used as L2 by Kendeje [klf], Surbakhal [sbj].

Language Development
Low motivation. Primary school program by gtz-Education. Radio. Dictionary. Grammar. Texts.
Writing

Arabic script, Naskh variant [Arab]. Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Muslim.

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