Nuni, Southern


A language of Burkina Faso

Alternate Names
Nibulu, Nouni, Nounouma, Nuna, Nune, Nunuma, Nuruma

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


Boucle du Muhoun 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).


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


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.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.

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