Maninkakan, Western

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A language of Senegal

Alternate Names
Malinka, Malinke, Maninga, Maninka-Western, Western Malinke
Population

422,000 in Senegal (2006). Population total all countries: 858,300.

Location

East. Also in Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali.

Language Status

4 (Educational). Recognized language (2001, Constitution, Article 1).

Dialects

Jahanka (Diakhanke, Diakkanke, Jahanque, Jahonque, Kyakanke). Lexical similarity: 59% with Mandinka [mnk].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Grammar. Bible portions: 1997–2003.
Writing
Arabic script. Latin script.
Other Comments

Muslim, traditional religion.

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