Baoulé

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A language of Côte d’Ivoire

Alternate Names
Baule, Bawule
Population

2,130,000 (1993 SIL).

Location

Nzi-Comoé, Lacs, and Vallée du Bandama regions, widespread in the south.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Similar to Anyin [any]. Many subgroups, but all claim to understand the standard variety.

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

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