Toussian, Southern


A language of Burkina Faso

Alternate Names
Tusia, Tusian, Win

19,500 in Burkina Faso (1995 SIL).


Comoé and Houet provinces, halfway between Banfora and Bobo-Dioulasso; Toussiana is center area. Also in Côte d’Ivoire.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).


40% inherent intelligibility of Northern Toussian [tsp]. Nianha dialect is central. Each village has a separate dialect.


SOV; postpositions; genitives before noun heads; articles, adjectives, numerals, relatives after noun heads; word order distinguishes subjects, objects, indirect objects, passives; causatives; comparatives; V, CV, CVC, CCV; tonal

Language Use

All domains. All ages. All also use Jula [dyu], some also use French [fra].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 5% in French, 3% in Jula. Dictionary. Bible portions: 2001–2007.
Latin script.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Muslim, Christian.