Bomu

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A language of Mali

Alternate Names
Bo, Bobo, Bobo Wule, Boré, Mu Boomu, Western Bobo Oule, Western Bwamu, Western Red
Autonym
Boomu
Population

102,000 (1976 census). Total users in all countries: 158,000.

Location

Mopti region: Djenne circle; Ségou region: San circle, San area on Bani river south bank; Sikasso region: enclave along Burkina Faso border.

Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (1982, Decree No. 159 of 19 July, Article 1).

Dialects

Dwemu, Dahanmu, Mao. Dwemu subdialects are Terekongo (Terekoungo), Wahu (between Téné and the Bani river), Togo. Dahanmu subvarieties are Koniko, Mandiakuy, Bomborokuy, and Mao (Mahou).

Typology

SOV; postpositions; genitives, relatives before noun heads; articles, adjectives, numerals after noun heads; word order distinguishes subjects, objects, indirect objects; V, CV, CVV; tonal.

Language Use

All ages. Used as L2 by Konabéré [bbo].

Language Development
Grammar. Bible: 2005–2013.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion.

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