Baoulé language

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Region Ivory Coast
Ethnicity Baoulé people
Native speakers
2.1 million (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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Baoulé at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Baoule". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Baoulé at World Scriptures

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