Bassari language

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Basari
Oniyan
Native to Guinea, Senegal
Ethnicity Bassari
Native speakers
33,600 (2014-2015)[1]
Official status
Recognised minority
language in
Language codes
ISO 639-3 bsc
Glottolog bass1258[2]
Person aliyan
People biliyan
Language oniyan
Country Liyan

Basari, or Oniyan (Onian, Onëyan, Ayan, Biyan, Wo), is a Senegambian language of Senegal and Guinea spoken by the Bassari people, who are traditional hunter-gatherers.

Writing system[edit]

This is the writing system of Senegal:

Bassari alphabet
A B Ɓ C D Ɗ E Ë F G H I J K L M N Ñ Ŋ O P R S Ŝ T U W Y Ƴ
a b ɓ c d ɗ e ë f g h i j k l m n ñ ŋ o p r s ŝ t u w y ƴ
  • ĥ, ŵ, ŷ are the consonants h, w, y nasalised.
  • When vowels e and o are open, they have the acute accent: é, ó.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oniyan". Ethnologue. Retrieved 2018-08-11. 
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Bassari". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.