200,000 in Burkina Faso (1992 CMA). Population total all countries: 225,000.
Kossi and Mouhoun provinces, Nouna and Dedougou areas. Also in Mali.
SOV; postpositions; genitives, articles, adjectives, numerals, relatives after noun heads; question word final; word order distinguishes subject, object, indirect object; CV
All ages. Men who travel also speak Jula [dyu], but women and children do not. Comprehension of Jula ranges from 45% in a southeastern village to 85% in the northwest.
Marka is used for followers of the traditional religion, Dafing for Muslim speakers. Different from the Marka dialect of Soninke. Muslim, traditional religion, Christian.