Samo, Maya


A language of Burkina Faso

Alternate Names
Northeastern Samo, Sa, San

38,000 (1999).


North central, Sourou Province.

Language Maps
Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Bangassogo, Bounou, Gomboro, Kiembara (Northeastern Goe). Intelligibility of Matya Samo [stj] varies between 28% and 50%, depending on the village and text tested; of Southern Samo [sbd] less than 10%.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. In the east, young people learn the trade language, Mòoré [mos], well; in the west Jula [dyu] is the important trade language. French [fra] is used in primary and secondary schools.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 2%. Literacy rate in L2: Below 20% French, below 10% Mòoré.
Other Comments

Muslim, traditional religion, Christian.