Maninka language

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Not to be confused with Mandinka language.
Native to Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast
Native speakers
4.5 million  (2006–2012)[1]
N'Ko, Latin
Official status
Official language in
Guinea, Mali
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
mku – Konyanka
emk – Eastern Maninkaka
msc – Sankaran Maninkaka
mzj – Manya (Liberia)
jod – Wojenaka (Odienné Jula)
jud – Worodougou
kfo – Koro (Koro Jula)
kga – Koyaga (Koyaga Jula)
mxx – Mahou (Mawukakan)

Maninka (Malinke), or more precisely Eastern Maninka, is the name of several closely related languages and dialects of the 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 Ivory Coast, where it has no official status. It was the language of court and government used during the Mali empire.


  1. ^ Konyanka at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Eastern Maninkaka at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Sankaran Maninkaka at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Manya (Liberia) at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Wojenaka (Odienné Jula) at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    (Additional references under 'Language codes' in the information box)
  • 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 5-86007-178-7.

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