Maninkakan, Western


A language of Senegal

Alternate Names
Malinka, Malinké, Maninga, Maninka, Maninka-Western, Maninkakan, Maninkaxan, Western Malinke

1,300,000 in Senegal (2015 J. Leclerc). Total users in all countries: 1,733,000.


Kédougou and Tambacounda regions: north of Gambia river; Kolda region: near easternmost point of The Gambia.

Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (2001, Constitution, Article 1).


Jahanka (Diakhanke, Diakhonké, Diakkanke, Jahanque, Jahonque, Jaxanka, Kyakanke). Lexical similarity: 59% with Mandinka [mnk]. A member of macrolanguage Mandingo [man].

Language Use

Most domains. Used by all.

Language Development

Radio. Grammar. Bible portions: 1997–2003.


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

Other Comments

Muslim, traditional religion.

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