Gourmanchéma (gùlmàncéma)

Gourmanchéma is a member of the Gur branch of the Niger-Congo language family. It is spoken by about 1.1 million people mainly in Burkina Faso, and also in Togo, Niger and Benin. In Burkina Faso it is spoken by about 772,000 people in the Centre-Est, Centre-Nord, Est and Sahel regions in the north and east of the country. There are also about 204,000 speakers of Gourmanchéma in the Savanes region in northern Togo, 72,200 in the Tillabéri region in southwestern Niger, and 61,100 in the Alibori and Atakora departments in northern Benin.

Gourmanchéma is also known as Goulmacema, Gourma, Gourmantche, Gulimancema, Gulmancema, Gurma or Migulimancema. Native speakers call it gùlmàncéma. There are three dialects: Northern Gourmanchema, Central Gourmanchema and Southern Gourmanchema. The central dialect is the prestigious one and is used in writing.

Gourmanchéma is written with the Latin alphabet, and is used in literature and the media. There is a dictionary, grammar and a translation of The Bible in the language.

Gourmanchéma alphabet and pronunciation

Gourmanchéma alphabet and pronunciation


Download an alphabet chart for Gourmanchéma (Excel)

Sample video in Gourmanchéma


Information about the Gourmanchéma language

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

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