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Mande Languages


Editing Mandinka Spoken Art
Katrin Pfeiffer, M.A. from the University Hamburg, Germany, reports on the project "Editing Mandinka Texts".The aim of the project was to compile a collection of Mandinka spoken art texts in order to publish a selection from it.Read about griots, folk tales, songs, proverbs and riddles, as the author groups the five genres of the Mandinka repertoire of spoken art.

The Ethnologue Database
The Ethnologue Database is taken from a print publication Ethnologue: Languages of the world. Contains information on some 6,700 languages spoken in the world, including alternate names, number of speakers, location, dialects, linguistic affiliation, and other sociolinguistic and demographic data. The printed volume also contains a map of the world, nine continent maps, and sixty-five country maps (these are not available in the on-line version). The data can be accessed by country or territory name, language or dialect name and through a language family tree.

Malinke-Bambara Loan Words in the Mayan Languages
"Linguistic evidence of African influence in ancient AmericaI" is presented by author, to prove,  that there's been an influence,  "probably the result of Mayan people living among the Mande speaking Olmecs 3000 years ago in a bilingual environment." 

Mande Roots
Cary Campbell is researching the topic of the history of the Mande peoples and the development of their language. It's interesting to follow the development of the proto-mande. What's different between Malinke and Bamana, what have the languages in common? Don't miss the following papers !

Exploring the Niger-Congo Languages
Gwenyth J. Lafleur covers a wider area of languages than Cary Campbell in "Mande Roots", thereby presenting the Mande language in the larger context of the Niger-Congo familiy, with over 1400 different languages.