Kpelle language


Kpelle language

Infobox Language
name=Kpelle
nativename=Kpɛlɛwoo
region=Liberia, Guinea
familycolor=Niger-Congo
fam2=Mande
fam3=Western
fam4=Central-Southwestern
fam5=Southwestern
iso2=kpe
lc1=kpe|ld1=Kpelle (generic)|ll1=none
lc2=gkp|ld2=Guinea Kpelle
lc3=xpe|ld3=Liberia Kpelle

Kpelle language is spoken by the Kpelle people.

The language is part of the Mande family of languages.

ISO 639 defines it as macrolanguage, with the more specific ones:
* Guinea Kpelle [gkp] (also known as "Guerze" in French), spoken by some 300,000 [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=gkp]
* Liberia Kpelle [xpe] ,spoken by some 480,000 [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=xpe] This language is currently taught in schools in Liberia.

External links

* [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_family.asp?subid=89976 Kpelle entry] from Ethnologue
* [http://www.panafril10n.org/wikidoc/pmwiki.php/PanAfrLoc/Kpelle PanAfriL10n page on Kpelle/Guerzé]
* [http://www.omniglot.com/writing/kpelle.htm Omniglot: Kpelle syllabary]


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