Nafaanra is a Senufo language spoken in northwest Ghana, along the
border with Côte d'Ivoire, east of Bondouko. It is spoken by
approximately 61,000 people who call themselves Nafana; others call
them Banda or Mfantera. Like other Senufo languages, Nafaanra is a
tonal language with three distinct tones. It is somewhat of an outlier
in the Senufo language group, with the geographically closest
relatives, the Southern Senufo Tagwana-Djimini languages, approximately
200 kilometres (120 mi) to the west, on the other side of Comoé
National Park. The basic word order is Subject Object Verb, similar to
Latin and Japanese. Like other Niger-Congo languages it has a noun
class system where nouns are classified according to five different
genders, which also affects pronouns, adjectives and copulas. The
phonology features a distinction between the length of vowels and
whether they are oral or nasal (as in French or Portuguese). Nafaanra
grammar features both tense and aspect which are marked with particles.
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