Baoulé

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A language of Côte d’Ivoire

Alternate Names
Baule, Bawule
Population

2,130,000 (1993 SIL).

Location

N’zi-Comoe, Lacs, Vallee du Bandama, Lagunes, Marahoue, Fromager, Sud-Bandama, and Worodougou regions, widespread in the south.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. Reportedly similar to Anyin [any]. Many subgroups, but all claim to understand the standard variety.

Language Use

Also use French [fra]. Used as L2 by Abidji [abi], Attié [ati], Beng [nhb], Krobu [kxb], Yaouré [yre].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%–30%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Radio programs. Bible: 1998.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Largest ethnic group in Côte d’Ivoire. Traditional religion, Christian.