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1. Bambara and Arabic

Bambara is the largest language family of the Mande group (Niger-Congo family). From the 19th century onward, Bambara gained influence in the region as lingua franca of trade and army, and, through Bambara-speakers, in French administration and education. It is now the predominant lingua franca in Mali and Eastern Senegal, and it is also spoken in Gambia, Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Sierra Leone (Baldi 1992:1–3), by a total …

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Dinie Bouwman, “Bambara”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 20 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0036>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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