A language of Burkina Faso

Alternate Names
Dioula, Dioula Véhiculaire, Diula, Djula, Dyoula, Dyula, Jula Kong, Kong Jula, Tagboussikan, Trade Jula

1,000,000 in Burkina Faso (Gunnemark and Kenrick 1985). Up to 3,000,000 L2 speakers (2012 V. Vydrine). Population total all countries: 2,550,000.


Comoé, Kénédougou, Houet, and Léraba provinces. Also in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali.

Language Status

3 (Wider communication). De facto language of national identity.


Spoken as L1 or L2 by millions of people of diverse ethnic backgrounds in West Africa. Mutually intelligible with Bambara [bam], Kita Maninkakan [mwk], and Eastern Maninkakan [emk].

Language Use

All ages.

Language Development
Not taught in government schools. Radio programs. Films. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1993–1997.
Arabic script. Latin script. N’Ko script, used in Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso.
Other Comments

Different from Jola [dyo] (Diola) of Senegal. Majority not ethnic Jula. Muslim.

Also spoken in:

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