Maba language

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Native toChad
RegionOuaddaï, Wadi Fira
Native speakers
300,000 (2006)[1]
  • Kodoi
  • etc.
Language codes
ISO 639-3mde

Maba (Maban, Mabang) is a Maban language spoken in Chad and Sudan. It is divided into several dialects, and serves as a local trade language. Maba is closely related to the Masalit language.[3] It is a group of related languages spoken in the border area of Chad, the Sudan, and the Central African Republic. The Maban languages form a branch of the Nilo-Saharan language family. Maba (also called Bura Mabang) is the largest Maban language in terms of number of speakers (more than 250,000). Other members of the group include Karanga, Kibet, Massalat, Masalit (Massalit), Marfa, and Runga. Maban also includes two languages known by the names of their first investigators as Mimi of Nachtigal and Mimi of Gaudefroy-Demombynes (the latter also being referred to as Mime), both spoken in southeastern Chad.


  1. ^ Maba at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Maba (Chad)". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ "Masalit language". Ethnologue. Retrieved 22 September 2016.