|Native to||Sudan, Chad|
|Region||Dar Masalit (Darfur)|
mls – Masalit
mdg – Massalat
Masalit (autonym kana masara) is a Maban language spoken by the Masalit people in western Darfur. It has two sociolects: "heavy" Masalit, with a complicated agglutinative grammar, spoken by higher-ranking people and in the countryside, and "light", spoken particularly in the home and in the market, with a somewhat simplified grammatical structure and many borrowings from Sudanese Arabic, the regional lingua franca and language of education.
The Massalat moved west into Chad, and have almost entirely switched to Arabic. The ethnic population was 30,000 as of the 1993 census, but only 10 speakers were reported in 1991.
- Masalit at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
Massalat at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
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