Sénoufo, Mamara


A language of Mali

Alternate Names
Bamaraga, Mamara, Mianka, Minianka, Miniyanka, Minya, Minyanka, Tupiire

738,000 (2000).


Sikasso region: Koutiala and Yorosso circles; northeast Ségou region: Bla circle, scattered.

Language Status

4 (Educational). Recognized language (1982, Decree No. 159 of 19 July, Article 1).


Sõghoo, Bàjii, Nafãã, Mìjuu, Kle Noehmõ, Nejuu, Koloo, Kujaa, Suõõ. Reportedly similar to Supyire Senoufo [spp], but intercomprehension difficult.

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Also use Bamanankan [bam].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 15% (2013 SIL). Literacy rate in L2: 10% in French [fra], 15% in Bambara [bam] (2013 SIL). Since literacy began in 1998, everyone wants to be called just Mamara or Minyanka. Literacy has unified this group. Taught in primary schools. Radio. Videos. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2006.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Muslim.

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