Safen language

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Native to Senegal
Ethnicity Saafi people
Native speakers
200,000 (2012)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 sav
Glottolog saaf1238[2]
Person Saafi
People Saafici
Language Saafi-Saafi
Country Safene

Safene (Saafen), or Saafi-Saafi, is the principal Cangin language, spoken by 200,000 people in Senegal. Speakers are heavily concentrated in the area surrounding Dakar, particularly in the Thies Region.


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


  • (English) Walter Pichl, The Cangin Group - A Language Group in Northern Senegal, Pittsburg, PA : Institute of African Affairs, Duquesne University, Coll. African Reprint Series, 1966, vol. 20
  • (French) Chérif Mbodj, Recherches sur la phonologie et la morphologie de la langue saafi. Le parler de Boukhou, Université de Nice, 1984