Tama language

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Native to Chad and Sudan
Region western Sudan and eastern Chad
Ethnicity Tama people, ?Kimr
Native speakers
(68,000, including Miisiirii, cited 1970–1993)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 tma
Glottolog tama1331[2]
Linguasphere 05-DAA-aa

Tama, or Damut, is the primary language spoken by the Tama people in eastern Chad and in western Sudan.[3] It is a member of the Taman language family. Miisiirii is often considered a dialect, though it is not particularly close.


  1. ^ Tama at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Tama (Chad)". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates (2010). Encyclopedia of Africa. Oxford University Press. p. 454. ISBN 0195337700. 

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