Malagasy, Masikoro

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A language of Madagascar

Autonym
Masikoro Malagasy
Population

550,000 (2011 SIL). Ethnic population: A quarter are Masikoro; the rest are Masikoro speakers from other ethnic groups.

Location

Toliara province: Atsimo-Andrefana region, Moromba south to Tollara; Menabe region, coast near Mangoky river, inland near Mozambique channel.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Lexical similarity: 72% with the Merina dialect of Plateau Malagasy [plt]. A member of macrolanguage Malagasy [mlg].

Language Use

Used by all.

Language Development

Bible portions: 2008–2015.

Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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