A language of Burkina Faso

Alternate Names
Seme, Siemu, Siémou, Syémou, Sému

17,400 in Burkina Faso (2009 UNSD). Total users in all countries: 46,400.


Hauts-Bassins region: Houet province, Toussiana department; Kenedougou province: Orodara is center, Bandougou, Didéri, Diéri, Diéridéni, Diossogou, Kotoudéni, Lidara, and Tin villages.

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Language Status

6a* (Vigorous).


Bandougou. Minor dialect differences between villages and within Orodara. The Bandougou dialect is considered different, but intelligibility among dialects seems adequate. No closely related languages.


SOV; postpositions; genitives, articles, personal pronouns before noun heads; adjectives, numerals after noun heads; question word final for yes-no questions; content question words appear in normal position: e.g., S-O-adverbial-O of prep; word order distinguishes subjects and objects; CV, CVC, CCV; tonal.

Language Use

Vigorous. Also use French [fra], Jula [dyu].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: A few in Jula [dyu], some in French [fra]. Bible portions: 2009.


Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Previously classified as Mande. Their tradition says they came from the south. Traditional religion, Muslim.

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