Maninka, Konyanka


A language of Guinea

Alternate Names
Konya, Konyakakan, Konyanka, Maninya

210,000 in Guinea (2012 V. Vydrin).


Kankan and Nzérékoré regions: national reserve; Beyle, Kankan, Kerouane, Lola, and Macenta prefectures; Balanfe, Boukorodou, Diatela, Dyibarou, Kabadian Mallerou, and Ouanino villages along Beyla-Sinko road and north of Sinko (Gbasando dialect); Lola (Karagba dialect); Sokourala (Woroduu dialect).

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Language Status

6a* (Vigorous).


Konya, Gbeeka, Gbasando, Woroduu, Karagba. Gbasando speakers are believed to be Fulbe by origin. Woroduu is different from Worodougou [jud] in Côte d’Ivoire, reportedly similar to Wojenaka [jod]. Lexical similarity: 95% with Manya [mzj], over 90% with Eastern Maninkakan [emk]. A member of macrolanguage Mandingo [man].


SOV; postpositions; tone.

Language Use

All also use Kono [knu]. Many also use Eastern Maninkakan [emk], especially in larger market towns because of travel.


Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Speakers of the eastern dialects often refer to themselves as Jula. Muslim.

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