Nuni, Northern


A language of Burkina Faso

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

45,000 (1995 SIL). 15,000–25,000 in Northwestern Nuni, 25,000–35,000 in Northeastern Nuni.


Sissili and Sanguié provinces, near Boromo. Dialect dividing line is Mouhoun river.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Northeastern Nuni, Northwestern Nuni. Northern Nuni users have no comprehension of Southern Nuni [nnw]. Similar to Kasem [xsm] and Lyélé [lee].


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. Some also use Jula [dyu]; Lyélé [lee], or French [fra].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 5% in French. High motivation for literacy. Government coordinated literacy program in Sanguié and Sissili provinces.
Latin script.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Muslim, Christian.