A language of Mali

Alternate Names
Bobo, Bobo Wule, Boomu, Bore, Western Bobo Oule, Western Bwamu, Western Red

102,000 in Mali (1976 census). Population total all countries: 158,000.


Ségou region: San circle, Bani river south bank, San area; Sikasso region: enclave south on Burkina Faso border; Mopti region: Djenne circle.

Language Status

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


Dahanmu, Dwemu, Mao. Dwemu subdialects are Terekongo (Terekoungo), Wahu (between Téné and the Bani river), Togo. Dahanmu subvarieties are Koniko, Mandiakuy, Bomborokuy, and Mao (Mahou).


SOV; postpositions; genitives, relatives before noun heads; articles, adjectives, numerals after noun heads; word order distinguishes subjects, objects, indirect objects; V, CV, CVV; tonal.

Language Use

All ages. Used as L2 by Konabéré [bbo].

Language Development
Grammar. Bible: 2005–2013.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion.

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