- Number of native speakers: 33,600
- Recognized minority language: Senegal
- Language of diaspora: Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau
- Script: Latin, 29 letters
- Grammatical cases: 0
- Linguistic typology: fusional, SOV
- Language family: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Atlantic, Senegambian, Tenda, Basari-Bedik
- Number of dialects: 3
I was not able to find any information about the history of Bassari.
Writing system and pronunciation
These are the letters that make up the alphabet: a b ɓ c d ɗ e ë f g h i j k l m n ñ ŋ o p r s ŝ t u w y ƴ.
When -e- and -o- are open, they have an acute accent.
Nouns have eighteen classes, two numbers (singular and plural), and no cases. The combination of a prefix and the definite article define each noun class.
Nouns, verbs, and some adjectives alternate their first consonant depending on noun class and verb mood.
Verbs are conjugated for tense, mood (conditional, indicative, imperative, and subjunctive), aspect, person, and number. The past and conditional affixes are inserted between the prefix—which together with the verb root constitutes the infinitive—and pronoun.
Bassari has three dialects: Ane, Këd, and Oxalac. All of them are mutually intelligible and only display some small lexical differences.