Senoufo, Supyire

Language code (ISO 639-3): spp
Population: 350,000 (2007 SIL). 100,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 500,000.
Region: At Sikasso
Alternate names: Sup’ide, Suppire, Supyire.
Dialects: Kampwo, Kadi, Nyana nyuni, Fanywohoshin
Resources by SIL:

Ecrivons le Supyiré

Orthographe et grammaire pratiques du sénoufo de Kampolondougou
Publisher: SIL Mali, 2004
Language: Senoufo, Supyire

Ce guide s'adresse à toute personne qui comprend le sénoufo tel que parlé dans la région de Kampolondougou et sait lire et écrire le français. Cette variété de sénoufo s'appelle le supyiré. Tous ceux-là pourront, à l'aide de ce manuel pratique, apprendre à lire et écrire sa propre langue. Il sera pour vous une initiation à l'orthographe et la grammaire pratique du supyiré.

Subject: Learn to read

Supyire Sɛmɛpyahigii

Supyire Alphabet
Publisher: SIL Mali, 2004
Language: Senoufo, Supyire
Subject: Alphabet

Supyire Kalaŋkanni Semɛŋi Niɲcyiinŋi

Pré-syllabaire supyiré
Publisher: SIL Mali, 2009
Language: Senoufo, Supyire

Pré-syllabaire pour les débutants à la lecture.

Subject: Learn to read

A grammar of Supyire

Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter, 1993
Language: Senoufo, Supyire

The dialect described in this grammar is spoken in the region of Kampwo, to the West of Sikasso and bordering the Bambara-speaking region of Gana (not to be confused with the country of Ghana). The data was collected in the village of Farakala, located 40km west of Sikasso on the main road to the capital Bamako, and from neighboring villages, none more than 15km from Farakala.

Also available as an eBook.

Subject: Grammar


Lexique supyiré-français, français-supyiré
Publisher: SIL Mali, 2003
Languages: Senoufo, Supyire

Ce lexique a pour but de se servir comme un standard pour ceux qui veulent écrire le supyiré.

Le dialecte de la région de Kampolondougou a été fixé par le Ministre d'Education (Direction Nationale d'Alphabétisation Fonctionnelle et de Linguistique Appliquée) comme dialecte standard. Dr. Robert Carlson de la SIL a élaboré un dictionnaire expérimental de ce dialecte, qui comprend plus de 4.000 mots.

Ce lexique, élaboré par Lamine Sanogo et Michael Jemphrey est basé sur le susdit dictionnaire, mais est plus restreint et se limite aux mots de base pour aider surtout celui qui commence à écrire la langue.

Subject: Dictionary

Supyire Funerals – Then and Now

Language: Senoufo, Supyire

This paper begins with a description of the rites that make up traditional Supyire funerals in order to gain an understanding of what these rites convey to the people who practice them, and the functions of these rites within their traditional setting. A look will then be taken at a Supyire Christian funeral, and at more recent developments away from traditional practices, as members of the Supyire community turn towards Christian or Muslim beliefs.

Subject: Anthropology

Marriage Customs among the Supyire

Publisher: SIL Mali, 1982
Language: Senoufo, Supyire

The wedding and post-wedding events attending and following the marriage of a Supyire couple witnessed by the author on April 23, 1982 are described. Patrilocal marriages are arranged between two patrilineal descent groups by means of the intervention of an intermediary and the giving of gifts and labor to the bride's family. Consanguineal relations are seen to supersede affinal ones. The social status of each person relative to others is clearly defined.

Subject: Anthropology

The Stranger's Eyes

Publisher: SIL Mali, 1995
Language: Senoufo, Supyire

Supyire proverb: "The stranger's eyes are wide open, but he does not see anything."

An attempted community development project is outlined in this paper. It reveals how the villagers perceived the mill project differently from the expatriate who initiated the project and why the project was a failure. Following the case study, Hugh Tracy asks questions concerning the right approach to such a project.

Subject: Anthropology

Supyire Calendar

Publisher: SIL Mali, 2009
Language: Senoufo, Supyire

The Supyire dry season from November till March is dominated by the warm Harmattan wind blowing off the Sahara. Then the humidity builds from the south before the rain is released in tropical downpours. A good rainy season lasts until October.

The Supyire year has 12 lunar months, each month commencing at a new moon. The Supyire follow both a six-day week and a seven-day week.

Subject: Anthropology

Translating the Levitical sacrifices

Publisher: SIL Journal of Translation, 2007
Language: Senoufo, Supyire

Abstract: In this article, I begin with section 1 by presenting the five main sacrifices found in the first seven chapters of Leviticus, including their relations to the requirement for Israel to be holy. In section 2, I describe the functions of the levitical sacrifices, and in section 3, I compare these with the functions of the multifarious sacrifices carried out by the Supyire people in southern Mali.

Subject: Anthropology