Sénoufo, Sìcìté


A language of Burkina Faso

Alternate Names
Sìcìré, Sìcìté, Sìpììté, Sucite, Tagba

35,000 in Burkina Faso (1999 SIL). Population total all countries: 38,000.


Hauts-Bassins region: Kenedougou province, Tagouara plateau, Koloko and Ouelaní prefectures, west of Bobo-Dioulasso, to Mali border; Leraba province: Oueleni department.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


None known. Intelligibility low of Nanerige Senoufo [sen].


SOV; postpositions; genitives before nouns, articles, adjectives, numerals after noun head, question word initial; 1 prefix, 2 suffixes; word order distinguishes subjects, objects, indirect objects; CV, CVV; tonal, 3 tones.

Language Use

All ages. Also use French [fra], Jula [dyu].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Low. Literacy rate in L2: 20% Jula or French. Radio programs. Bible portions: 1995–1999.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Little intermarriage with others in the southern area. Traditional religion, Muslim.

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