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Dyula, also known as Dioula and Jula, is a Mande language spoken in Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, and Mali. It is one of the Manding languages, and is most closely related to Bambara, being mutually intelligible with Bambara as well as Malinke. It is a trade language in West Africa and is spoken by millions of people, either as a first or second language. It is written in the Arabic script and the Latin script, as well as in the indigenous N'Ko alphabet.

Dyula is not currently taught on the IU campus, but we do have access to archived materials. Learn more about Dyula here.