Kita Maninka language

Not to be confused with Kagoro language (Nigeria).
Kita Maninkakan
Central Malinke
Native to Mali
Ethnicity Mandinka
Native speakers
450,000 (2009 census)[1]
Official status
Recognised minority
language in
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
mwk  Kita Maninka
xkg  Kagoro
Glottolog kita1248[2]

Kita Maninkakan, or Central Malinke, is a Manding language spoken by close to a million people in Mali, where it is a national language.. About 10% are ethnically Fula.

The Kagoro variety is 86% lexically similar according to Ethnologue, and is being replaced by Bambara.


  1. Kita Maninka at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Kagoro at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Kita–Kagoro". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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