Nuni, Southern

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A language of Burkina Faso

Alternate Names
Nibulu, Nouni, Nounouma, Nuna, Nune, Nuni, Nunuma, Nuruma
Autonym
Nʋnɩ
Population

147,000 (2009 UNSD). Census figure (2009) is for all Nuni.

Location

Boucle du Mouhoun region: Bale province, east Mouhoun province; Centre-Ouest region: Sanguie, Sissili and Zuri provinces; Centre-Sud region: west Narhouri. Over 100 villages.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Micari, Basinyari (Sundoni), Yatini, Gori, Bwana, Sankura. Reportedly similar to Kasem [xsm] and Lyélé [lee].

Typology

SVO; postpositions; genitives before noun heads; articles, adjectives, numerals, relatives after noun heads; question word initial; 1 prefix, 1 suffix; word order distinguishes subject and object; causatives; comparatives; CV, CVV, CVCV; tonal.

Language Use

All ages. Also use French [fra], Mòoré [mos].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%. Literacy rate in L2: 5% in French [fra]. Literature. NT: 1999.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.

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