Samo, Maya


A language of Burkina Faso

Alternate Names
Northeastern Samo, Sa, San

38,000 (1999). All Samo (San) languages: 233,000 (2009 UNSD).


Boucle du Mouhoun region: Sourou province; Nord region: Yatenga and Zoundma provinces. North central.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Bounou, Kiembara (Northeastern Goe), Bangassogo, Gomboro. Intelligibility of Matya Samo [stj] varies between 28% and 50%, depending on the village and text tested; of Southern Samo [sbd] less than 10%.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. Used by all. Also use French [fra], in primary and secondary schools. Also use Jula [dyu], in the west. Also use Mòoré [mos], which is learned well by young people in the east.

Language Development

Literacy rate in L1: Below 2%. Literacy rate in L2: Below 20% French [fra], below 10% Mòoré [mos].

Other Comments

Muslim, Christian, traditional religion.

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