Samo, Maya


A language of Burkina Faso

Alternate Names
Northeastern Samo, Sa, San

38,000 (1999).


Boucle du Muhoun region: Sourou province; Nord region: Yatenga and Zoundma provinces. North central.

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. French [fra] is used in primary and secondary schools. In the west Jula [dyu] is also used. In the east, young people learn Mòoré [mos] well.

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

Muslim, Christian, traditional religion.