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Siamou language

Native to Burkina Faso
Native speakers
40,000  (ca. 1999)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 sif
Glottolog siam1242[2]

The Siamou language, also known as Sɛmɛ (Seme), is a Kru language of the Niger–Congo language family. In 1999, it was spoken by 20,000 people in western Burkina Faso and another 20,000 in the Ivory Coast and Mali.[3] In Burkina Faso, it is mainly spoken in the province of Kénédougou around the provincial capital Orodara. Siamou has one major dialect, Bandougou. In addition, there are minor dialectal differences amongst the Siamou spoken in Orodara and in surrounding villages.

However, according to Roger Blench, Seme (Siamou) bears little resemblance to Kru.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Siamou at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Siamou". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Lewis, M. Paul (ed.) (2009). "Siamou". Ethnologue: Languages of the World. SIL International. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  4. ^

External links

  • Map of Siamou (Siemu) language from the LL-Map Project
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