Mòoré

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A language of Burkina Faso

Alternate Names
Mole, Moose, More, Moshi, Mossi
Population

5,000,000 in Burkina Faso. 15,700 Yana (1991). Population total all countries: 5,061,700.

Location

Central Ouagadougou area; widespread.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication). De facto language of national identity.Used as a trade language in the central part of the country, with sub-populations in all major cities.

Dialects

Ouagadougou, Saremdé, Taolendé, Yaadré, Yaande, Yana (Jaan, Yanga), Zaore (Joore). Yana dialect has over 90% intelligibility with the Ouagadougou dialect 75%–80% with the Joore dialect. Joore with Ouagadougou varies from 88% in Tibga to 95% in Diabo. Yanga in Togo, completely intelligible with Central Mòoré.

Typology

SOV; postpositions; genitives, articles, adjectives, numerals after noun heads; question word final; word order distinguishes subjects, objects; CV, CVC, CVV, CCV; tonal.

Language Use

Dominant African language of Burkina Faso. All ages. Also use Jula [dyu]. Used as L2 by Bisa [bib], Dagaari Dioula [dgd], Gourmanchéma [gux], Kasem [xsm], Koromfé [kfz], Lyélé [lee], Malba Birifor [bfo], Matya Samo [stj], Maya Samo [sym], Sininkere [skq], Southern Nuni [nnw], Southern Samo [sbd].

Language Development
Not taught in government schools. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1983.
Writing

Braille script [Brai], developed in 2010. Latin script [Latn], primary usage.

Other Comments

Ethnic autonym: Moose (pl.), Moaaga (sg.); Autoglottonym: Mòoré. Other spellings are obsolete or reflect pronunciations of nonspeakers. Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.

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