Maba

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A language of Chad

Alternate Names
Borgu, Bura Mabang, Kana Mabang, Mabaa, Mabak, Mabang, Ouaddai, Ouaddaien, Wadai, Waddayen
Population

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

Location

Batha region; Ouaddaï region: Ouara and Djourf-al-Ahmar 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

Kabartu, Kodroy, Kondongo, Maba. 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. 180,000 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 programs. Dictionary. Grammar.
Writing

Arabic script [Arab]. Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Ethnic groups: Uled Djemma (Aulad Djema, Awlad Djema). Muslim.