Dagaare language

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Native to Ghana, Burkina Faso
Ethnicity Dagaaba people
Native speakers
1.1 million  (2001–2003)[1]
Latin (Dagaare alphabet)
Dagaare Braille
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
dga – Southern Dagaare
dgd – Dagaari Dioula
dgi – Northern Dagara
Majority areas of Northern Dagara speakers, in red, on a map of Burkina Faso.

Dagaare is the maternal language of the Dagaaba people in Ghana and Burkina Faso. It has been described as a dialect continuum that also includes Waale and Birifor.

Ethnologue divides Dagaare into three languages:

  • Southern/Central Dagaare language, which is spoken mainly in Ghana
  • Northern Dagara language, which is spoken mainly in Burkina Faso
  • Dagaari Dioula, which is spoken mainly in Burkina Faso, and has significant influence from the genetically unrelated Dioula language


  1. ^ Southern Dagaare at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Dagaari Dioula at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Northern Dagara at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)

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