GURENNE (Ghana)

Country
Ghana
Language code
GUR
Continent
Africa
Alternate language names
FRAFRA, FAREFARE
Dialect names
GUDENI (GUDENNE, GURENNE, GURUNE), NAANI (NANKANI, NANKANSE), BOONI, TALNI, NABT
Genetic affiliation
Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Gur, Central, Northern, Oti-Volta, Western, Southeast
Geographical region
Northeast around Bolgatanga (Bolgatanga District) and Navrongo
Population
526,300 in Ghana (1991 L. Vanderaa CRC) including 400,000 in the Upper East Region, perhaps 100,000 in various towns and cities in other regions (1988 SIL); 25,100 in Burkina Faso (1991 Vanderaa); 551,400 total
New Testament printings
1986
Printings of whole books of Bible
1962-1984
Remarks
They call themselves 'Gurunsi' and their language 'Farefare' or 'Frafra'. The dialects are named after towns or localities. They consider Mampruli, Kusaal, and Dagaati to be sister languages. Nabt and Talni may be considered dialects of Mampruli. 5 major dialects and many minor ones. Taught at the University of Ghana. Dictionary in progress
Total speakers
551,400
Religion
90% traditional religion, 8% Christian, 2% Muslim
Also in
Burkina Faso

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