Mossi Language
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Mossi Language
Native toBurkina Faso, Benin, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Mali, Togo
Native speakers
7.83 million (2009-2013)[1]
Official status
Recognised minority
language in
Language codes
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Majority areas of Mossi speakers, in pink, on a map of Burkina Faso
The distribution of Mossi

The Mossi language (known in the language as Mooré; also Mòoré, Mõõré, Moré, Moshi, Moore, More) is a Gur language of the Oti-Volta branch and one of two official regional languages of Burkina Faso, closely related to the Frafra language spoken just across the border in the northern half of Ghana and less-closely to Dagbani and Mampruli further south. It is the language of the Mossi people, spoken by approximately 5 million people in Burkina Faso, plus another 60,000+ in Mali and Togo.


The Mossi language consists of the following sounds:[3]



  • The semivowel y is pronounced (palatal nasal) in front of nasal vowels.


Front Central Back
Close Close i u
Near-close ? ?
Close-mid e o
Open a


  • All vowels (other than and ) are pronounced like their nasal counterparts.
  • All vowels (oral and nasal) are pronounced like their lengthened counterparts.
  • Other linguists include the vowels and ; here, they are analysed as diphthongs, ( is considered to be ea and is considered to be oa).


In Burkina Faso, the Mossi alphabet uses the letters specified in the national Burkinabé alphabet.

Burkinabé Mossi alphabet
A ' B D E ? F G H I ? K L M N O P R S T U ? V W Y Z
a ' b d e ? f g h i ? k l m n o p r s t u ? v w y z
Phonetic values
a ? b d e ? f ? h i ? k l m n o p r s t u ? v w j z

See also


  1. ^ "Mòoré". Ethnologue. Retrieved .
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Mossi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Cf. Kabore (1985) : (p.44) for the consonants, (p.85-86) for the vowels.

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