Bozo, Tieyaxo


A language of Mali

Alternate Names
Boso, Tégué, Tie, Tiemaxo, Tiéyakho, Tigemaxo, Tiguémakho, Tyeyaxo

118,000 (1987 census). Population may include Tiemacèwè Bozo [boo] and Kelengaxo Bozo [bzx].


Mopti region: Tenenkou circle, northwest of Kouakourou town on Niger river; confluence of Diaka and Niger rivers; upriver into Ségou region: Machina circle.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (1982, Decree No. 159 of 19 July, Article 1).


None known. Lexical similarity: 53%–76% with Jenaama Bozo [bze] (most similar), 30% with Soninke [snk].

Language Use

Some ethnic Marka and Somono live among them and speak Tieyaxo as L1. All ages. Also use Bamanankan [bam], Maasina Fulfulde [ffm]. Use of Bambara or Fulfulde depends on region.

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Bible portions: 2009.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Ethnic autonym: Boso, house of bamboo in Bambara. Muslim.