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Source: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights - Guinea Country Office


Native Name

Total Speakers
2,140,300 (1991)

Usage By Country
Home Speakers: Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone, Liberia

It belongs to the Mandebranch of the Niger-Congo family, spoken by 3,5 million people (over 6 million in all countries) and is used as lingua franca in West Africa. There are several varieties called with different names (Mandinka and Dioula, for instance). Maninka of Guinea is the same as that of Liberia; Bambara of Mali and Mandinka of Gambia and Senegal do not differ greatly. The Nko script is popular, created in 1948 by Sulemana Kante.

Received 6/10/1998
Posted 7/28/1998
Checked 11/12/1998