Masalit language

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kana masara
Native to Sudan, Chad
Region Dar Masalit (Darfur)
Ethnicity Masalit people
Native speakers
410,000  (2006–2010)[1]
  • Maban
    • Masalit languages
      • Masalit
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
mls – Masalit
mdg – Malalat

Masalit (autonym kana masara) is a Maban language spoken by the Masalit people in western Darfur. It has two sociolects: "heavy" Masalit, with a complicated agglutinative grammar, spoken by higher-ranking people and in the countryside, and "light", spoken particularly in the home and in the market, with a somewhat simplified grammatical structure and many borrowings from Sudanese Arabic, the regional lingua franca and language of education.

The Massalat moved west into Chad, and have almost entirely switched to Arabic.


  1. ^ Masalit at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Malalat at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)

Most develop will be Massalit language

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