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, Kompienga, Seno, Namentenga, and Koulpelogo provinces.

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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. Also use French [fra], Mòoré [mos], Western Niger Fulfulde [fuh], Zarma [dje].

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 [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Muslim.

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