Northern Birifor (Bɩrfʋɔr)

Northern Birifor is member of the Gur branch of Niger-Congo languages. It is spoken by about 108,000 people mainly in the southwest of Burkina Faso, particularly in the provinces of Bougouriba, Ioba, Noumbiel and Poni. There are also speakers of Northern Birifor in western Côte d'Ivoire.

Northern Birifor is also known as Malba Birifor. It is written with the Latin alphabet.

Northern Birifor alphabet (Bɩrfʋɔr kan-bie-sɛbɛ)

Northern Birifor alphabet (Bɩrfʋɔr kan-bie-sɛbɛ)

Download an alphabet chart for Northern Birifor (Excel)

Details of the Northern Birifor alphabet provided by Wolfram Siegel

Hear the Northern Birifor alphabet:

Birifor Alphabet, Burkina Faso from Urs Niggli on Vimeo.

Sample text (The Lord's Prayer - Luke 11: 2-4)

  1. A Jeeju yel ba: “A lɛ nyɩ na sʋɔrɔ a Naaŋmɩn, nyɩ́ yel: ‘Sɩ Sãa! A fʋ yuor ú ow kpee, a fʋ fãw ú wa.
  2. Kʋrɔ sɩ a bibie a jaa, a bõ-dɩraa ala na sɛw nɩ sɩ.
  3. De a sɩ faar bar kʋ sɩ, a-na-ɩ a sɩmɩ mɩ, sɩ ma de na a nɩrɛ lɛ na bɩɛ a sɩ jie bɩɛfʋ bar ku ʋ. Taa bar sɩ a sɩ kpɛ a bɩɩrfʋ pʋɔ wa.’ ”



  1. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
  2. Give us day by day our daily bread.
  3. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.


Sample video in Northern Birifor


Information about Northern Birifor

Gur languages

Berba, Birifor (Northern), Birifor (Southern), Dagaare, Dagbani, Frafra, Gourmanchéma, Kabiye, Kasem, Konkomba, Kusaal, Láá Láá Bwamu, Mampruli, Moba, Mossi, Paasaal, Safaliba, Sisaali, Tammari, Tem, Tumulung Sisaala, Turka, Waama, Western Sisaala

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

Page created: 28.02.23. Last modified: 15.03.23


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