Siamou

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A language of Burkina Faso

Alternate Names
Seme, Sému, Siémou, Siemu, Syémou
Population

20,000 in Burkina Faso (1999). Population total all countries: 40,000.

Location

Kénédougou Province, Orodara is center, Tin, Diossogou, Diéri, Kotoudéni, Diéridéni, Didéri, Lidara, and Bandougou small villages. Also in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Bandougou. Minor dialect differences between villages and within Orodara. The Bandougou dialect is considered different, but intelligibility among dialects seems adequate. No closely related languages.

Typology

SOV; postpositions; genitives, articles, personal pronouns before noun heads; adjectives, numerals after noun heads; question word final for yes-no questions; content question words appear in normal position: e.g., S-O-adverbial-O of prep; word order distinguishes subjects and objects; CV, CVC, CCV; tonal

Language Use

Vigorous. Also use Jula [dyu] or French [fra]. They are reserved toward people who cannot speak Siamou.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: A few in Jula, some in French. Bible portions: 2009.
Other Comments

Previously classified as Mande. Their tradition says they came from the south. Traditional religion, Muslim, Christian.