Toussian, Southern


A language of Burkina Faso

Alternate Names
Tusia, Tusian, Win

19,500 in Burkina Faso (1995 SIL).


Cascades region: Comoe Hauts-Bassins region, Houet province, halfway between Banfora and Bobo-Dioulasso; Toussiana is center area.

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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. 100% also use Jula [dyu]. Also use French [fra].

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

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Muslim.