Kpelle, Guinea

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A language of Guinea

Alternate Names
Akpese, Gbese, Gerse, Gerze, Guerze, Kpele, Kpelese, Kpelesetina, Kperese, Kpese, Kpwessi, Northern Kpele, Pessa, Pessy
Population

460,000 (2012 V. Vydrin).

Location

Nzérékoré Region, southeast at Liberia border.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). De facto language of national identity.

Dialects

Central Kpelle, Gbali, Heghe. Different enough from Kpelle [xpe] of Liberia to need separate materials. Lexical similarity: 52%–67% with Kono [knu].

Language Development
Was taught in school under the 1st Republic (before 1984). Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 2008.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

’Guerze’ is the French name. Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.