Bamanankan

Language code (ISO 639-3): bam
Population: 2,700,000 in Mali (1995). 75,000 Ganadugu (Vanderaa 1991), 41,200 Wasulu. Population total all countries: 2,772,340.
Region: Also in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Mauritania, Senegal.
Alternate names: Bamanakan, Bambara
Dialects: Standard Bambara, Somono, Segou, San, Beledugu, Ganadugu, Wasulu (Wasuu, Wassulunka, Wassulunke), Sikasso. There are many local dialects. The main division is Standard Bambara, influenced heavily by Western Maninkakan [mlq], and rural dialects. Bamanankan dialects are spoken in varying degrees by 80% of the population. Wasulu is a dialect of Bamanankan in Mali and of Western Maninkakan [mlq] in Guinea.