The Laal language is a still-unclassified language spoken by about 300
people in three villages in the Moyen-Chari prefecture of Chad on
opposite banks of the Chari River, called Gori, Damtar, and Mailao. It
may be a language isolate, in which case it would represent an
isolated survival of an earlier language group of central Africa. It
is unwritten (except by linguists). According to SIL-Chad missionary
David Faris, it is in danger of extinction, with most people under 25
shifting to the locally more widespread Baguirmi language. This
language first came to the attention of academic linguists in 1977,
through Pascal Boyeldieu's fieldwork in 1975 and 1978. His fieldwork
was based for the most part on a single speaker, M. Djouam Kadi of
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