Manjak language

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Manjak or Manjack (French: Mandjak, Mandyak; Portuguese: Manjaco) or Njak is a Bak language of Guinea-Bissau and Senegal. The language is also known as Kanyop.

Manjak
Native toGuinea-Bissau, Senegal, and the Gambia
EthnicityManjack people
Native speakers
310,000 (2006)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3mfv
Glottologmand1419[2]

Dialects are distinct enough that some might be considered separate languages. They are:

  • Bok (Babok, Sarar, Teixeira Pinto, Tsaam)
  • Likes-Utsia (Baraa, Kalkus)
  • Cur (Churo)
  • Lund
  • Yu (Pecixe, Siis, Pulhilh)
  • Unhate (Binhante, Bissau)

In 2006, the total number of speakers was estimated at 315,300, including 184,000 in Guinea-Bissau, 105,000 in Senegal and 26,300 in The Gambia.

Writing SystemEdit

The Manjak alphabet in Senegal was established by the Senegal government in 2005.

Manjak Alphabet (Senegal)
A B C D E Ë F G H I J K L M N Ñ Ŋ O P R S Ŝ T Ţ U W Y Z
a b c d e ë f g h i j k l m n ñ ŋ o p r s ŝ t ţ u w y z

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Manjak at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Mandjak". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.