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Native to Mali, Niger[1]
Ethnicity Dawsahak
Native speakers
100,000 (2007)[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 dsq
Glottolog tada1238[3]
Songhay languages.svg
Location of Songhay languages[4]

Northwest Songhay:


Eastern Songhay:

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People Idaksahak
Language Tadáksahak

The Dawsahak language, Tadaksahak (also Daoussahak, Dausahaq, and other spellings) is a Songhay language spoken by the pastoralist Idaksahak of the Ménaka area of Mali. Its phonology, verb morphology, and vocabulary has been strongly influenced by the neighboring Tuareg languages, Tamasheq and Tamajaq.



Front Back
Close i, iː u, uː
Mid e, eː o, oː
Open a, aː


Labial Alveolar Palatoalveolar/Palatal Velar Uvular/Pharyngeal Glottal
plain phary.
Nasal m n ŋ
Stop/Affricate b t d k ɡ q
Fricative f s z ʃ ʒ x ɣ ħ ʕ h
Approximant l j w
Flap ɾ ɾˤ


  1. ^ A. Chaventré, Évolution anthropo-biologique d'une popution Touarège: les Kel Kummer et leurs apparentés, in: Volume 103 of Institut nacional d'études démographiques: Travaux et documents, INED 1983, pp.29-33
  2. ^ Dawsahak at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Tadaksahak". 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.