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Jula (or Dyula, Dioula) is a Mande language spoken in Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Mali. It is one of the Manding languages and is most closely related to Bambara, being mutually intelligible with Bambara as well as Malinke. It is a trade language in West Africa and is spoken by millions of people, either as a first or second language. It is written in the Arabic script and the Latin script, as well as in the indigenous N'Ko script.

Dioula
Julakan
Native toBurkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali
Regioncentral southern Mali and abroad
EthnicityDyula people
Native speakers
2.21 million (2009-2013)[1]
10 million L2 speakers
Niger–Congo
  • Mande
    • Western Mande
      • ...
        • Manding
          • East Manding
            • Bambara–Dyula
              • Dioula
N'Ko, Latin, Arabic
Language codes
ISO 639-2dyu
ISO 639-3dyu
Glottologdyul1238[2]

A movie spoken in Dyula is Fanta Régina Nacro's Night of Truth.

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AlphabetEdit

Dioula Alphabet
A B C D E Ɛ F G H I J K L M N Ɲ Ŋ O Ɔ P R S T U V W Y Z
a b c d e ɛ f g h i j k l m n ɲ ŋ o ɔ p r s t u v w y z
Phonetic value
a b d e ɛ f g h i k l m n ɲ ŋ o ɔ p r s t u v w j z

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jula". Ethnologue. Retrieved 2018-08-25.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Dyula". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.