600,000 in Burkina Faso (1999 SIL). Population total all countries: 813,000.
East, Gourma, Tapoa, Gnagna, Komondjari, Yagha, and Kompienga provinces. Also in Benin, Niger, Togo.
Central Gourmanchema, Northern Gourmanchema, Southern Gourmanchema. Central and eastern dialects are inherently intelligible; northern only with difficulty.
SVO; postpositions; genitives, articles before noun heads; numerals after; CV; 3 tones
Traditional religion, Muslim, Christian.