Soninke Language (snk)

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Also Known As: Toubakai,Walpre,Sarakule,Sarahuli,Sarahole,Marka,Aswanik,Silabe,Gadyaga,Diawara,Wakore,Sarawule,Serahuli,Sarakole,Maraka,Soninke language,Soninke


The Soninke language (Soninke: Sooninkanxanne) is a Mande language spoken by the Soninke people of West Africa. The language has an estimated 1,096,795 speakers, primarily located in Mali, and also (in order of numerical importance of the communities) in Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Mauritania, Guinea-Bissau, and Guinea. It enjoys the status of a national language in Mali, Senegal, and Mauritania. The language is relatively homogeneous, with only slight phonological, lexical, and grammatical variations. Linguistically, its nearest relatives are the Bozo languages, centered around the Niger Inland Delta.

It is thought that the Imraguen language is a dialect of Soninke but this is not certain...... full article at Wikipedia

Location of Soninke Language Speakers

Rosetta Document Collection



Main Country: Mali
Spoken In:

Regions: Africa

ISO 639-2 Code: snk
ISO 639-3 Code: snk

Classification Taxonomy

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  Niger-Congo Group

    Mande Group

      Western Mande Group

        Niger-Congo Mande Western Northwestern Western Group

          Samogo Group

            Soninke-Bobo Group

              Soninke-Boso Group

                Soninke Group

                  Soninke Language