Samo, Matya


A language of Burkina Faso

Alternate Names
Northwestern Samo, San, Sane, Sànán, Tougan, West Central Goe

L1 users: 105,000 (1995 R. Jones). All Samo (San) languages: 233,000 (2009 UNSD). Total users in all countries: 106,000.


Boucle du Muhoun region: Kossi province; Sourou province, Mouna and Solenzo areas; Bobo-Diolaso, Dedougou, Koudougou, and Ouagadougou cities.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Language Use

Positive attitudes. Also use Jula [dyu], Mòoré [mos].

Language Development
Motivation to read French is high. A literacy center near Tougan teaches Jula.
Other Comments

The Rimaïbé are Samo who were former Fula slaves, now also speak Fulfulde [fuh]. Traditional religion, Christian.

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