Konabéré

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A language of Burkina Faso

Alternate Names
Black Bobo, Bobo, Bobo Fi, Bobo Madaré, Northern Bobo Madaré, “Bobo Fing” (pej.)
Autonym
Boboda, Konabéré
Population

35,000 (1995 SIL). Total users in all countries: 60,000.

Location

Boucle du Muhoun region: Banwa province, Tansilla area; Kossi province.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Yaba, Sankuma (Sarokama), Jèrè, Tankri, Kure, Kukoma (Koma). Northern Bobo Madaré has 20%–30% intelligibility of Southern Bobo Madaré. All dialects of Northern understand Yaba, centered in Tansilla. Separate literature may be needed for the Mali dialect. Some linguists treat Bobo as a separate major branch of Mande.

Typology

CV, CVC, CVV, CCV; tonal.

Language Use

Home. Also use French [fra], especially the educated. Also use Jula [dyu], especially most men with good proficiency and some women for common topics, government, and trade.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 5% or below. Grammar.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.

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