L1 users: 6,360,000 (2009 UNSD). Total users in all countries: 6,469,300.
Widespread. Central Ouagadougou area.
3 (Wider communication). De facto language of national identity. Used as a trade language in the central part of the country, with sub-populations in all major cities.
Saremdé, Taolendé, Yaadré, Ouagadougou, Yaande, Zaore (Joore), Yana (Jaan, Yanga). Yana dialect has over 90% intelligibility with the Ouagadougou dialect 75%–80% with the Joore dialect. Joore with Ouagadougou varies from 88% in Tibga to 95% in Diabo. Yanga in Togo, completely intelligible with Central Mòoré.
SVO; postpositions; genitives, articles, adjectives, numerals after noun heads; question word final; word order distinguishes subjects, objects; CV, CVC, CVV, CCV; tonal.
Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.