Bwa languages

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Bobo Wule
Ethnicity Bwa
Burkina Faso, Mali
Linguistic classification Niger–Congo
Glottolog bwam1247[1]

The Bwa languages (Bwamu, Bomu) are a branch of the Gur languages spoken by over half a million Bwa people of Burkina Faso and Mali.

The Bwa people, and their languages, are one of several called Bobo in Bambara. The Bwa are distinguished as the Bobo Wule/Oule "Red Bobo". The Bwa languages are not mutually intelligible; Ethnologue calculates that the intelligibility of the Ouarkoye and Cwi is 30%, though other varieties are closer.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Bwamu". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.