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Bambara, more correctly known as Bamanankan (ߒߞߏ), its designation in the language itself (literally 'Bamana(n) sound'), is a language spoken in Mali by as many as six million people (including second language users). The Bambara language is the mother tongue of the Bambara ethnic group, numbering about 2,700,000 people, but serves also as a lingua franca in Mali (it is estimated that about 80% of the population speaks it as a first or second language). It is an SOV language and has two tones. Bambara belongs to a group of closely-related languages called Manding, within the larger Mandé group. The differences between Bambara and Dioula are minimal. Dioula is a language spoken or understood by fewer people in Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire and The Gambia. It uses seven vowels a, e, ɛ, i, o, ɔ and u (the letters approximate their IPA equivalents). Writing was introduced during the French occupation and literacy is a major issue especially in rural areas. Although written literature is...
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