The Mandinka language (Mandi'nka kango), or Manding, is a Mandé language spoken by the Mandinka people of Mali, Senegal, the Gambia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea-Bissau and Chad; it is the main language of the Gambia. It belongs to the Manding branch of Mandé, and is thus fairly similar to Bambara and Maninka or Malinké. In a majority of areas, it is tonal language with two tones: low and high, although the particular variety spoken in the Gambia and Senegal is non-tonal and uses a pitch accent. Alternate Names: Mande, Manding, Mandingo, Mandingue, Mandinque, Socé
Population: 669,000 in Senegal (2006). Population total all countries: 1,346,000. Location
Southeast and south central. Also in Gambia, Guinea-Bissau.
ISO 639-3: mnk