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Moore (or Mòoré), spoken by the Mossi, belongs to the Gur group of Niger Congo. (Webbook)
Ethnologue lists the classification as: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Gur, Central, Northern, Oti-Volta, Western, Northwest
According to Ethnologue:
Canu (1981) reports that Moore has four main mutually intelligible dialects: Ouagadougu, Ouahigouya, Kaya, and Tendoko. The Moore Language Board (Sous-Commission Nationale du Moore) distinguishes six mutually intelligible dialects: Lallweoogo, Wubrweoogo, Zundweoogo, Saremde, Taoolende, and Yaadre (Nikiema, personal communication, 1986). (Webbook)
According to Ethnologue: Saremdé, Taolendé, Yaadré, Ouagadougou, Yaande, Zaore (Joore), Yana (Yanga, Jaan). Yana has over 90% intelligibility of Ouagadougou Mòoré, 75% to 80% of Joore. Joore with Ouagadougou varies from 88% in Tibga to 95% in Diabo. Yanga dialect is in Togo, completely intelligible with Central Mòoré.
Dominant African language of Burkina Faso. (Ethnologue)
"Moore does have a standard official Latin-based orthography. It was elaborated in 1977 by the Commission nationale des langues voltaïques" (Nikiéma, personal communication, 1985). (Webbook with edit) It includes extended characters.
The alphabet of Moore in Burkina Faso as reported by several sources is:
a b d e ɛ f g h i ɩ k l m n o p r s t u ʋ v w y z
(There are three extended characters : ʋ, ɛ, ɩ ) :: there are also five nasalised vowels marked with the tilde : ã , ẽ , ĩ , õ , ũ (Nikiéma/Kinda [eds.] 1997
Unicode fonts with extended Latin ranges including IPA will have the necessary characters.
Etienne de Boissezon (edbz_at_free.fr) has set up a layout for Moore.
Mooré Primer: http://www.dcaccess.net/~huhtaman/primer/
Ninsaal yel-segdɩ noy gãnegr sebre (Universal Declaration of Human Rights): http://www.unhchr.ch/udhr/lang/mhm.htm
Pʋg-taab a yiib solemde (a tale in Moore): http://www.abcburkina.net/contes/conte14_moore.htm
There are several different efforts that were beginning separately. These are now in communication.
Site on Moore language:
Sous-Commission Nationale du Moore (does this still exist?)
Edition en langue nationale de Burkina Faso http://www.abcburkina.net/sedelan/contenu/services/edition.html
Correcteur d'orthographe Moore http://www.abcburkina.net/sedelan/contenu/services/linguistique.htm
Nikiéma, N. / Jules Kinda, eds. (1997), Moor gom-biis no-tũur gʋlsg sebre : Dictionnaire orthographique du mooré. Ouagadougou: Sous-commission nationale du mooré.
SIL International, Ethnologue: Languages of the World, "Moore," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=mos
SIL International, "ISO 639 Code Tables," http://www.sil.org/iso639-3/codes.asp
U.S. Library of Congress, "ISO 639.2: Codes for the Representation of Names of Languages: Alpha-3 codes arranged alphabetically by the English name of language," http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/php/English_list.php
Wikipedia, "More language," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/More_language
______, "Moré," http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moré