Kassonke language

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Western Maninka
Native to Mali
Ethnicity Kassonke, Malinke
Native speakers
1.6 million  (2006–2012)[1]
Official status
Recognised minority
language in
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
kao – Kassonke
mlq – Western Malinke (Malinka)

The Kassonke (Khassonké) language, Xaasongaxango (Xasonga), or Western Maninka (Malinke), is a Manding language spoken by the Khassonké of western Mali and by the Malinke of eastern Senegal. The Kassonke variety is a national language in Mali. The two varieties are 90% mutually intelligible, though distinct from the Mandinka (Malinke) of western Senegal, which is a national language there.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kassonke at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Western Malinke (Malinka) at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  • Koite-Herschel, Ute. 1981. La translation du constituent verbal: le cas du xasonga. Mandenkan 2 (Automne 1981):3–16.
  • Sullivan, Terrence D.. 2004. "A preliminary report of existing information on the Manding languages of West Africa: summary and suggestions for future research." SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2004-005: 34 p. http://www.sil.org/silesr/abstract.asp?ref=2004-005