Manding (also Mandingue , Mandingo , Mandekan , Mandé-kan ) is a collective name for a group of dialects in West Africa that form a dialect continuum . The varieties of Manding can partly also be understood as independent languages.
Manding is spoken in Mali , Ivory Coast , Gambia and in parts of Burkina Faso , Guinea and Senegal by around 7 million people as their mother tongue and another 5-7 million as a second language. It is an important lingua franca.
The manding includes: