Koyraboro Senni

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Koyraboro Senni
Native to Mali
Region East of Timbuktu, Gao
Ethnicity 850,000 (2007?)[1]
Native speakers
430,000 (2007)[2]
300,000 monolingual (2007)[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ses
Glottolog koyr1242[3]
Songhay languages.svg
Location of Songhay languages[4]

Northwest Songhay:


Eastern Songhay:

  Koyraboro Senni

Koyraboro Senni (or Eastern Songhay, or Koroboro Senni, or Koyra Senni) is a member of the Songhay languages of Mali and is spoken by some 400,000 people along the Niger River from the town of Gourma-Rharous, east of Timbuktu, through Bourem, Gao and Ansongo to the Mali–Niger border.

The expression "koyra-boro senn-i" denotes "the language of the town dwellers", as opposed to nomads like the Tuareg people and other transhumant people.

Although Koyraboro Senni is associated with settled towns, it is a cosmopolitan language which has spread east and west of Gao, to the Fulani or Fula people living at the Mali–Niger border and to the Bozo people of the Niger River. East of Timbuktu, Koyra Senni gives way relatively abruptly to the closely related Koyra Chiini.


External links[edit]

  1. ^ Koyraboro Senni at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
  2. ^ a b Koyraboro Senni at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Koyraboro Senni Songhai". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  4. ^ This map is based on classification from Glottolog and data from Ethnologue.