Bobo Madaré, Southern

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A language of Burkina Faso

Alternate Names
Black Bobo, Bobo, Bobo Fi, Bobo Fing, Boboda
Population

181,000 (2009 UNSD).

Location

Boucle du Muhoun region: Banwa province; Est region; Hauts-Bassins region: Houet province,: Bobo Dioulasso area; Kenedougou and Tuy provinces.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Benge, Sogokiré, Voré, Syabéré (Sya), Zara (Bobo Dioula, Bobo Jula).

Typology

Tonal.

Language Use

All ages. Also use French [fra], Jula [dyu].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 10% in Jula [dyu]. Syabéré in Bobo Dioulasso region is the prestige dialect, and is used for literature. Dictionary. Bible: 2004.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

The government calls them Bobo Madaré. ‘Bobo’ is the general Bambara word for Bobo Fing, Buamu, or Bomu. Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.