Malinké, Kita

Language code (ISO 639-3): mwk
Population: 600,000 (Vanderaa 1991). 50,000 Fulanke (based on Vanderaa 1991)
Region: Kita west to Tambaoura cliff range
Alternate names: Central Malinke, Kita Maninka, Malinke
Dialects: Fulanke. Kita have 64% intelligibility of Bamanankan [bam]
Resources by SIL:
Sociolinguistic survey

Report of a linguistic survey on the Malinké of Western Mali and Senegal with special regard to the Malinké of Kita

Languages: Malinké, Kita

Conversations with people working in Malinké areas and conflicting statements in literature on Malinké dialects caused us to question whether existing or developing literatures (Jula, Bambara, Khassonké, Malinké of Senegal and Maninka of Guinea) could adequately serve all Malinké speakers, especially those in the area of Kita.

The main purpose of the survey was therefore to determine whether or not the
Malinké speakers of the Kita area in Mali need a separate literature. Is their speech form a separate language or can they adequately understand and communicate in the Bambara of Bamako, Khassonké, the Malinké of Eastern Senegal or the Malinké
(Maninka) of Kankan, Guinea?

Secondly, if they are able to understand one or more of these speech forms, which one is the most easily understood and what is their attitude toward using literature in any of the above-mentioned speech forms.

Kagoro Sociolinguistic Survey

For this survey, an important question is how “close” Kagoro is to other Mandé languages. More specifically, is it possible for Kagoro speakers to use literature written in closely related languages. If so, there may be no need, from a purely linguistic point of view, to develop materials in Kagoro. The languages in question are Bambara, Khassonké and Malinké of Kita.

Resources by Others:

Le malinké de Kita

Un parler mandingue de l’ouest du Mali
Publisher: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, 2009
Language: Malinké, Kita
Subject: Grammar