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Spoken in Burkina Faso, Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Togo
Total speakers 5,036,700
Language family Niger-Congo
Language codes
ISO 639-1 None
ISO 639-2 mos
ISO 639-3 mos

Mòoré language (also Mooré, Moré, Moshi, Mossi, Moore or More) is a tonal language spoken primarily in Burkina Faso by the Mossi (or Moshe), closely related and mutually intelligible with the Dagbani language spoken in northern Ghana. It is spoken by approximately 5 million people in the country plus 50,000 others in Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali and Togo. Dialects of the language include Saremdé, Taolendé, Yaadré, Ouagadougou, Yaande, Zaore and Yana.

It is classified as follows: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Gur, Central, Northern, Oti-Volta, Western, Northwest. Mòoré is the language of the Mossi people (Moaaga in singular). Second-language speakership of Mòoré in Burkina Faso is probably significant.

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