Maninka bhasa

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Maninka bhasa ek bhasa hae.

Spoken inGuinea, Mali, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Côte d'IvoireDate founded1986
Total speakers2.8 million
Language familyNiger–Congo ?
  • Mande
    • Western Mande
      • ...
        • Manding
          • East Manding
            • Maninka
Writing systemN'Ko, Latin
Official status
Official language inGuinea, Mali
Regulated byNo official regulation
Language codes
ISO 639-2
ISO 639-3variously:
mku – Konyanka
emk – Eastern Maninkaka
msc – Sankaran Maninkaka
mzj – Manya (Liberia)
myq – Forest Maninka
jod – Wojenaka
jud – Worodougou
kfo – Koro
kga – Koyaga
mxx – Mahou (Mawukakan)

Maninka nai to Eastern Maninka southeastern Manding subgroup of the Mande branch of the Niger–Congo languages. It is the mother tongue of the Malinké people and is spoken by 3,300,000 speakers in Guinea and Mali, where the closely related Bambara is a national language, and also in Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Côte d'Ivoire, where it has no official status. The Ethnologue lists the following varieties, but notes that the distinctions between them are largely uncertain:

  • Eastern Maninkakan, also called Malinke or Maninka, spoken by 1,890,000 speakers in Guinea and c.200,000 in Liberia and Sierra Leone;
  • Maninka, Konyanka, spoken by 128,000 speakers in Guinea;
  • Maninka, Sankaran, also called Faranah, spoken in Guinea;
  • Forest Maninka, a part of the Maninka-Mori group together with Wojenaka, Worodougou, Koro, Koyaga, and Mahou, spoken by 15,000 speakers in Côte d'Ivoire.


  • Vydrine, Valentin. Manding–English Dictionary (Maninka, Bomana). Volume 1: A, B, D–DAD, Supplemented by Some Entries From Subsequent Volumes (1999). Dimitry Bulanin Publishing House, 315 pp. ISBN 5860071787.


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