Samo language (Burkina)

Not to be confused with Samogo languages or Samo language (New Guinea).
Region Burkina Faso
Native speakers
230,000 (1995–1999)[1]
  • Mande

    • Eastern Mande
      • Bissa–Busa
        • Samo–Busa
          • Samo
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
stj  Matya Samo
sym  Maya Samo
sbd  Southern Samo
Glottolog mand1437[2]

Majority areas of Samo speakers, in grey, on a map of Burkina Faso

Samo (Sane, San, Sa) is a dialect cluster of Mande languages spoken in Burkina Faso. Intelligibility between its varieties is low. The following have been coded as separate languages by ISO:


  1. Matya Samo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Maya Samo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Southern Samo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Mande Samo". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. The Seenku AKA Sembla language is also called 'Southern Samo'.

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