Baga Pokur language

Baga Pokur
Native to Guinea
Region coastal villages of Binari and Mboteni
Ethnicity 7,900 (no date)[1]
Native speakers
(undated figure of nearly extinct)[2]
  • Baga Mboteni
  • Baga Binari
Language codes
ISO 639-3 bcg
Glottolog baga1276[3]

Baga Pokur is a nearly extinct Senegambian language, spoken in the coastal Rio Nuñez region of Guinea. Speakers who have gone to school or work outside of their villages are bilingual in Pokur and the Mande language Susu.[4]

Pokur has lost the noun-class concord found in its relatives.[5]


Despite the name, Baga Mboteni is not one of the Baga languages, though speakers are ethnically ethnically Baga. The language is instead most closely related to Nala and Mbulungish, though it shares a low percentage of cognate vocabulary with them.[4]


  1. Baga Mboteni at Ethnologue (15th ed., 2005)
  2. Baga Pokur at Ethnologue (14th ed., 2000).
  3. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Baga Mboteni". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  4. 1 2 Fields, E. L. (2004). Before" Baga": Settlement Chronologies of the Coastal Rio Nunez Region, Earliest Times to C. 1000 CE. International Journal of African Historical Studies, 229-253.
  5. Wilson, W. A. A. (1961). Numeration in the Languages of Guiné. Africa, 31(04), 372-377.

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