Dioula language

Infobox Language
familycolor=Niger-Congo
name=Dioula
nativename=Julakan
states=Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire
region=central southern Mali and abroad
speakers=2,700,000 (several millions more including second language speakers)
fam2=Mande
fam3=West Mande
fam4=Manding
iso2=dyu
iso3=dyu

Dioula (Dyula) is a Mande language spoken in Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire. It is one of the Manding languages, and is most closely related to Bambara (in a manner similar to the relation between American English and British English). It is probably the most used language for trade in West Africa.Fact|date=March 2007

Dioula language and people are distinct from the Diola (Jola) people of Guinea-Bissau and Casamance.

ee also

* Dyula people


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