Toussian, Southern


A language of Burkina Faso

Alternate Names
Tusia, Tusian, Tusya, Tusyang, Win

19,500 in Burkina Faso (1995 SIL).


Cascades region: Comoe Hauts-Bassins region, Houet province, halfway between Banfora and Bobo-Dioulasso; Toussiana is center area.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


40% inherent intelligibility of Northern Toussian [tsp]. Nianha dialect is central. Each village has a separate dialect.


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

Language Use

All domains. Used by all. All also use Jula [dyu]. Also use French [fra].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: 5% in French [fra], 3% in Jula [dyu]. Dictionary. NT: 2015.


Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Muslim.

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