Sango

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Alternate Names
Sangho
Autonym
Sango
Population

5,100,000 in Central African Republic, all users. L1 users: 500,000 in Central African Republic (2017 SIL). L2 users: 4,600,000. Total users in all countries: 5,199,000 (as L1: 599,000; as L2: 4,600,000).

Location

Widespread.

Language Status

1 (National). Statutory national language (2004, Constitution, Article 18).

Dialects

None known. A rapidly spreading creole derived from Ngbandi [ngb]. Lexical similarity: 51% with French [fra], 49% with African languages. Many French loanwords used in everyday speech (2017 C. Mueller).

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

All domains. Used by all. Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Radio. TV. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1992–2012.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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