XXIII, 1503 pp.
1 map, 261 illustrations, appendices: 1. Faune et flore, 2. Mois, semaines et périodes, 3. Chiffres, nombres et monnaies
Text language: French
Senoufo is one of the four subfamilies of the Gur or Volta-Congo languages and belongs to the four most important language families of this region, together with Kru, Kwa und Mande. It is further structured into the five languages Minianka, Supyire, Senanri (with the dialects Nyafolo, Nafara, Tyébara and Nowolo), Senar und Tafire. Senanri is spoken within the vicinity of the villages Korhogo, Ferkéssédougou, Boundiali and Tingréla.
The dialect used in the lexicon is Tyébara, which is the most important dialect of the south and functions as lingua franca of Korhogo. This can be explained by the precolonial background: this dialect has been the official language of the precolonial kingdom of the Tyébara. Furthermore, during colonial times it had – and still has – a big administrative influence on the whole region. Tyébara and the other Senanri dialects are intelligible.
The lexicon consists of the following parts: Tyébara–French, French–Tyébara and three appendices: 1. Faune et flore 2. Mois, semaines et périodes and 3. Chiffres, nombres et monnaies.
The book emerged in coherence with missionary occupations of the author during several longer stays at Korhogo and Abidjan between 1951 and 1999.