Kassonke language

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Kassonke
Western Maninka
Xaasongaxango
Native to Mali
Ethnicity Kassonke, Malinke
Native speakers
1.6 million (2006–2012)[1]
Niger–Congo
Official status
Recognised minority
language in
Mali
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
kao – Kassonke
mlq – Western Malinke (Malinka)
Glottolog xaas1235  (Xaasongaxango)[2]
west2500  (Western Maninkakan)[3]

The Kassonke (Khassonké) language, Xaasongaxango (Xasonga), or Western Maninka (Malinke), is a Manding language spoken by the Khassonké of western Mali and by the Malinke of eastern Senegal. Kassonke is a national language in Mali. Western and Eastern Maninka are 90% mutually intelligible, though distinct from the Mandinka (Malinke) of southern Senegal, which is a national language there.

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  1. ^ Kassonke at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Western Malinke (Malinka) at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Xaasongaxango". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Western Maninkakan". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  • Koite-Herschel, Ute. 1981. La translation du constituent verbal: le cas du xasonga. Mandenkan 2 (Automne 1981):3–16.
  • Sullivan, Terrence D.. 2004. "A preliminary report of existing information on the Manding languages of West Africa: summary and suggestions for future research." SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2004-005: 34 p. http://www.sil.org/silesr/abstract.asp?ref=2004-005