Talk:Mandinka language

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Tones[edit]

Is this a tonal language? If so, why is this not mentioned in the article? Badagnani 04:03, 16 August 2006 (UTC)

It is now. Skinsmoke (talk) 18:32, 2 April 2010 (UTC)

Mandingo or Mandinka?[edit]

Is this about Mandingo (man, a macrolanguage) or Mandinka (mnk, part of the former)? The lead seems to talk about Mandingo (Mandinka has not "millions" of speakers but 1,346,000 according to Ethnologue), but the rest of the article calls it Mandinka, and the ISO code in the infobox says the same. --ἀνυπόδητος (talk) 17:57, 1 January 2011 (UTC)

This is about Mandinka, for which I believe the local English term in Gambia would be "Mandingo." "Mandingo" as the name retained by ISO for the "macrolanguage" has always seemed to me to be misleading, but the closest relevant Wikipedia article would be Manding languages. However, the macrolanguage man covers only varieties of Mandinka and Maninka (or Malinké), but apparently not Bambara or Jula. The macrolanguage concept comes out of a need to reconcile different codings in ISO 639, but AFAIK there has never been an attempt to review the coverage of the current list of macrolanguages, with an eye to expanding some (Manding would seem to be a prime candidate) and creating new ones (for instance for Nguni languages, or for the very similar Kinyarwanda & Kirundi).--A12n (talk) 08:16, 7 June 2013 (UTC)