Maba

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A language of Chad

Alternate Names
Aulad Djema, Awlad Djema, Borgu, Bura Mabang, Kana Mabang, Mabaa, Mabak, Mabang, Ouaddai, Ouaddaien, Uled Djemma, 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

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. 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 programs. Dictionary. Grammar.
Writing

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

Other Comments

Muslim.

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