Manding (language)

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Manding dialect continuum in West Africa

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.

It belongs to the Mande language family within the Niger-Congo language phylum .

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: