Bobo Madaré, Southern

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A language of Burkina Faso

Alternate Names
Black Bobo, Bobo, Bobo Fi, Bobo Fing
Population

312,000 (2000). 15,000 speakers of Zara. Ethnic population: 160,000–190,000 (1999 SIL).

Location

Mainly Houet Province, Bobo Dioulasso area; Kossi Province, Kouka region.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Benge, Sogokiré, Syabéré (Sya), Voré, Zara (Bobo Dioula, Bobo Jula).

Typology

Tonal

Language Use

All ages. Some Jula [dyu] is also used by most men and some women; French [fra] is used by the educated.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 10% Jula. Syabéré in Bobo Dioulasso region is the prestige dialect, and is used for literature. Bible: 2004.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

The government calls them Bobo Madaré. ‘Bobo’ is the general Bambara word for Bobo Fing, Buamu, or Bomu. Traditional religion, Muslim, Christian.