Baoulé language

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Baoulé
Region Ivory Coast
Ethnicity Baoulé people
Native speakers
(2.1 million cited 1993)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 bci
Glottolog baou1238[2]

Baoulé, also called Baule or Bawule, is a Central Tano language spoken in Ivory Coast.

The Baoulé are an Akan people living in the central region of Ivory Coast. Baoulé-speaking areas include Bouaké, Yamoussoukro, Bouaflé, Béoumi, Sakassou, Toumodi, Dimbokro, M'Bahiakro, and Tiassalé.

As an example of the language, the phrase "Nyanmien Kpli lafiman" means "God the Greatest never sleeps."

Translations of the Bible[edit]

In 1946, portions of the Bible translated into Baoulé were first published; the full New Testament followed in 1953.[3] The complete Bible was published first in 1998, by the Bible Society in Abidjan.
On August 10, 2018, the New World Translation of the Christian Greek Scriptures was released in Baoule. The New World Translation is published by the Jehovah's Witnesses, and has been translated in whole or in part into more than 160 languages.

Sounds[edit]

Consonants[edit]

Bilabial Labial Alveolar Palatal Labial-
velar
Velar
Plosive voiceless p t c k
voiced b d ɟ ɡ
Fricative voiceless f s
voiced v z
Nasal m n ɲ
Affricate voiceless kp
voiced gb
Lateral l
Trill r
Approximant j w

Vowels/Nasals[edit]

Front Back
Close i ĩ u ũ
Close-mid e o
Open-mid ɛ ɛ̃ ɔ ɔ̃
Open a ã

[4][5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baoulé at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Baoule". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Baoulé at World Scriptures
  4. ^ "Système alphabétique de la langue baoulé". Retrieved 2017-01-29.
  5. ^ Kla ufue i nun ndɛ cinnjin mun. 1988.

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