Baoulé

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A language of Côte d’Ivoire

Alternate Names
Baule, Baule-Ando, Bawule
Population

L1 users: 3,010,000 (2013). Total users in all countries: 3,014,060.

Location

Lacs, Lagunes, Gôh-Djiboua, Sassandra-Marahoué, Vallée du Bandama, Woroba, and Yamoussoukro regions. Widespread in the south.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. Reportedly similar to Anyin [any]. Many subgroups, but all claim to understand the standard variety.

Language Use

Also use French [fra]. Used as L2 by Abidji [abi], Attié [ati], Beng [nhb], Krobu [kxb], Yaouré [yre].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%–30%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Radio. Grammar. Bible: 1998.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Largest ethnic group in Côte d’Ivoire. Traditional religion, Christian.

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