Sénoufo, Sìcìté

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A language of Burkina Faso

Alternate Names
Sucite, Sìcìré, Sìcìté, Sìpììté, Tagba
Autonym
Sìcijuungé
Population

L1 users: 35,000 (1999 SIL). All Senoufo languages: 173,000 (2009 UNSD). Total users in all countries: 38,000.

Location

Cascades region: Leraba province, Oueleni department; Hauts-Bassins region: Kenedougou province, Koloko and Ouelaní prefectures, Tagouara plateau to Mali border.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. Intelligibility low of Nanerige Senoufo [sen].

Typology

SOV; postpositions; genitives before nouns, articles, adjectives, numerals after noun head, question word initial; 1 prefix, 2 suffixes; word order distinguishes subjects, objects, indirect objects; CV, CVV; tonal, 3 tones.

Language Use

All ages. Also use French [fra], Jula [dyu].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Low. Literacy rate in L2: 20% Jula or French. Radio. Bible portions: 1995–1999.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Little intermarriage with others in the southern area. Traditional religion, Muslim.

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