Bissa language

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Bissa
Region Burkina Faso, Ghana
Ethnicity Bissa people
Native speakers
590,000 (1999–2003)[1]
Niger–Congo
  • Mande
    • Eastern
      • Bisa–Busa
        • Bissa
Language codes
ISO 639-3 bib
Glottolog biss1248[2]
Languages of Burkina Faso.png
Majority areas of northern dialects of Bissa, in dark blue, on a map of Burkina Faso.

Bissa (Bisa) is a Mande language that is spoken by the Bissa people of Burkina Faso, Ghana and (marginally) Togo. Its dialects are Barka, Lebir and Lere.

Writing System[edit]

Bissa alphabet (Burkina-Faso)
A B C D E Ǝ Ɛ F G H I Ɩ J K L M N Ny Ŋ O Ɔ P R S T U Ʋ V W Y Z
a b c d e ǝ ɛ f g h i ɩ j k l m n ny ŋ o ɔ p r s t u ʋ v w y z
Bissa-Barka Alphabet (Burkina-Faso)[3]
A B D E Ɛ Ǝ F G H I Ɩ K L M N Ɲ Ŋ O Ɔ P R S T U Ʋ W Y Z
a b d e ɛ ə f g h i ɩ k l m n ɲ ŋ o ɔ p r s t u ʋ w y z

Comparison of dialects[edit]

Phrase Lere Barka Zeba
Good morning Domireh ki Idomleki
come bur iahh Eyaham
water pi hi
food forbile hobile

Lere phrases[edit]

  • Good morning: Domireh ki (Response: Domireh zain)
  • Good afternoon: Sundareh ki (Response: Sundareh zain)
  • Good evening/night: Yirbaa ki (Response: Yirbaa zain)
  • Thank you: Barka
  • Good: Minga
  • Come: Bur
  • Go: Ta
  • You're welcome: An barka boi
  • I love you: Moi wam

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bissa at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Bissa". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ SIL 2016.