Languages of Burkina Faso
is a Burkina Faso multilingual country. An estimated 69 languages are spoken there, of which about 60 are [1 ] indigenous. The Mossi language ( Mossi: ) is spoken by about 40%, mainly in the central region around the capital, Ouagadougou, along with other, closely related Mòoré Gurunsi languages scattered throughout Burkina. In the west Mande languages are widely spoken, the most predominant being Dyula (also known as Jula or Dioula), others including Bobo, Samo, and Marka. The Fula language ( Fula: , Fulfulde French: ) is widespread, particularly in the north. The Peuhl Gourmanché language is spoken in the east, while the Bissa language is spoken in the south.
official language is French, which was introduced during the colonial period. French is the principal language of administrative, political and judicial institutions, public services, and the press. It is the only language for laws, administration and courts.
Education for the deaf in Burkina uses
American Sign Language, introduced by the deaf American missionary Andrew Foster, though there is also an indigenous urban sign language in Ouagadougou.
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