Sara is a language
spoken by perhaps 900,000
people in southwest Chad
Sara is a group of dialects belonging to the Nilo-Saharan languages which is spoken in the southwest corner of Chad, south of N'Djamena, between the Logone and Chari rivers.
Sara speakers were particularly mobile during the French suzerainty in central Africa. Many of them worked on the Congo-Ocean railway from Brazzaville to Pointe-Noire, others at the port cities of Congo, Gabon and Cameroon, and yet others at desert outposts in Chad and Niger. Therefore, in colonial times Sara was heard in many of the larger towns of French central Africa.
Sara has three tones, which are important in verb conjugation. It has the unusual feature of a doubled plural form: de - person; dege - people; degege - groups of people.
Sara includes the languages from the Kaba group and the Vale group, as well as the languages Bedjond, Dagba, Laka, Mbai, Ngam, Ngambay and Sar.