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Ajami script for the Mande languages

Abstract : Arabic-based (Ajami) writing has been used for Mande languages, most probably, since the times of the Ancient Mali (13-16 centuries). It is still in use among Mandinka in Senegal, Gambia and Guinea Bissau, among Susu and Mogofin in Guinea, and to a lesser extent among Bamana in Mali. Specific features of several Manding Ajami varieties are discussed.
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Valentin Vydrin. Ajami script for the Mande languages. Meikal Mumin, Kees Versteegh. The Arabic script in Africa : studies in the use of a writing system, Brill, pp.199-224, 2014, Studies in Semitic languages and linguistics 71, 978-90-04-25679-8. ⟨halshs-00948994⟩



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