Nuni, Southern

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A language of Burkina Faso

Alternate Names
Nibulu, Nouni, Nounouma, Nuna, Nune, Nunuma, Nuruma
Population

168,000 (2000).

Location

Mainly Ziro and Sissili provinces; also, east Mouhoun, Sanguie, west Nahouri, Bale, south Boulkiemde and Bazega provinces; over 100 villages.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Basinyari (Sundoni), Bwana, Gori, Micari, Sankura, Yatini. Reportedly similar to Kasem [xsm] and Lyélé [lee].

Typology

SVO; postpositions; genitives before noun heads; articles, adjectives, numerals, relatives after noun heads; question word initial; 1 prefix, 1 suffix; word order distinguishes subject and object; causatives; comparatives; CV, CVV, CVCV; tonal.

Language Use

All ages. Also use French [fra], Mòoré [mos].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%. Literacy rate in L2: 5% in French. NT: 1999.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian (Protestant), Muslim.