Gourmanchéma

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A language of Burkina Faso

Alternate Names
Goulmacema, Gourma, Gourmantche, Gulimancema, Gulmancema, Gurma, Migulimancema
Population

600,000 in Burkina Faso (1999 SIL). Population total all countries: 813,000.

Location

East, Gourma, Tapoa, Gnagna, Komondjari, Yagha, and Kompienga provinces. Also in Benin, Niger, Togo.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Central Gourmanchema, Northern Gourmanchema, Southern Gourmanchema. Central and eastern dialects are inherently intelligible; northern only with difficulty.

Typology

SVO; postpositions; genitives, articles before noun heads; numerals after; CV; 3 tones

Language Use

All ages. Some also use French [fra], Zarma [dje], or Fulfulde [fuh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 5%–10%. Central dialect is prestigious and used for writing. Newspapers. Radio programs. Films. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 2005.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Muslim, Christian.

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