Dyula language

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Native to Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali
Region central southern Mali and abroad
Ethnicity Dyula people
Native speakers
(2.5 million cited 1985–2012)[1]
10–15 million L2 speakers (2012)
  • Mande
    • Western Mande
      • ...
        • Manding
          • East Manding
            • Bambara–Dyula
              • Dioula
N'Ko, Latin, Arabic
Language codes
ISO 639-2 dyu
ISO 639-3 dyu
Glottolog dyul1238[2]

Jula (or Dyula, Dioula) is a Mande language spoken in Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Mali. It is one of the Manding languages and is most closely related to Bambara, being mutually intelligible with Bambara as well as Malinke. It is a trade language in West Africa and is spoken by millions of people, either as a first or second language. It is written in the Arabic script and the Latin script, as well as in the indigenous N'Ko script.

A movie spoken in Dyula is Fanta Régina Nacro's Night of Truth.

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  1. ^ Dioula at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Dyula". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.