638,000 (2013 UNSD), increasing. 588,000 Gur and Nankansi, 49,200 Namnam (2013 UNSD). Total users in all countries: 663,100.
Upper East region: Bolgatanga municipal district, Frafra area, west to Navrongo.
2 (Provincial). De facto provincial language in Upper East Region.
Gurune (Gudeni, Gudenne, Gurenne, Zuadeni), Nankani (Naani, Nankanse), Booni, Talni (Taleni, Talensi), Nabt (Nabdam, Nabde, Nabdem, Nabdug, Nabit, Nabnam, Nabrug, Nabte, Namnam, Nangodi). 5 major dialects and many minor ones. Dialects are divided according to geography and ethnic sub-boundaries. Some named after towns or localities. Consider Southern Dagaare [dga] in particular a sister language.
Latin script [Latn], used since 1975.
Christian, traditional religion.