Toussian, Northern


A language of Burkina Faso

Alternate Names
Tusia, Tusian, Tusya, Tusyang

19,500 (1995 SIL). 1,000 in Wenteene dialect, 18,500 in the other dialects.


Hauts-Bassins region: Houet province west of Bobo-Dioulasso; Kenedougou province north, east, and south of Orodara.

Language Maps
Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Ter, Tru, Kebeenton, Wenteene. Northern region dialects inherently intelligible to speakers but have 45% inherent intelligibility of Southern Toussian [wib].


SOV; postpositions; genitives, articles, adjectives, numerals, relatives after noun heads; word order distinguishes subjects, objects, indirect objects, passives; V, CV, CVC, CCV; tonal.

Language Use

Home. Used by all. Also use French [fra], Jula [dyu].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: 5% in French [fra], 3% in Jula [dyu].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Muslim.

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