Samo, Southern

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A language of Burkina Faso

Alternate Names
San, Sane
Population

85,000 (1998). All Samo (San) languages: 233,000 (2009 UNSD).

Location

Boucle du Muhoun region, mainly Nayala province, Nouna and Solenzo areas, and Sourou province; Centre-Ouest region, Sanguie province; Nord region, Passore province; also in urban areas, Ouagadougou, Bobo-Dioulasso, Dedougou, and Koudougou cities; Toma dialect: Toma, Yaba, Gossina, Ye, Kougny, and Gassan departments.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Toma (Makaa, Nyaana). Intelligibility low across Samo varieties.

Language Use

Home, religion, commerce. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use French [fra], Jula [dyu], Mòoré [mos], Western Niger Fulfulde [fuh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: Higher among Toma. Motivation to read French and Toma Samo is high. A literacy center in Toma teaches Toma. Grammar. NT: 1995.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

The Rimaïbé are Samo who were former Fula slaves, now speak Fulfulde [fuh] as L2, and live in Kawara, Kassan, Zoumou, and Teri in the Tougan area. Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.

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