Baga Pokur language

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Baga Pokur
Native toGuinea
Regioncoastal villages of Binari and Mboteni
Ethnicity3000 (no date)[1]
  • Baga Mboteni
  • Baga Binari
Language codes
ISO 639-3bcg

Baga Pokur is a vigorous Senegambian language, spoken in the coastal Rio Nuñez region of Guinea. Speakers who have gone to school or work outside their villages are bilingual in Pokur and the Mande language Susu.[3]

Pokur has lost the noun-class concord found in its relatives.[4]


Despite the name, Baga Mboteni is not one of the Baga languages, though speakers are ethnically Baga. The language is instead most closely related to Nala and Mbulungish, though it shares a low percentage of cognate vocabulary with them.[3]


  1. ^ Baga Pokur at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Baga Mboteni-Binari". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ a b Fields, E. L. (2004). Before" Baga": Settlement Chronologies of the Coastal Rio Nunez Region, Earliest Times to C. 1000 CE. International Journal of African Historical Studies, 229-253.
  4. ^ Wilson, W. A. A. (1961). Numeration in the Languages of Guiné. Africa, 31(04), 372-377.

Further reading[edit]

  • Baga Mboteni Profile (PDF), Go West Africa, 2009, retrieved February 12, 2015
  • Fields-Black, E. L. (2008). Deep Roots: Rice Farmers in West Africa and the African Diaspora. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

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