Lele

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A language of Guinea

Population

23,000 (1998 B. Willits). 12,000 in Kissidougou Prefecture and 11,000 in Guekedou.

Location

Language area west and southwest of Kissidou, Mato river west, Kissidougou and Gueckedou prefectures; main centers are Yombiro, Tangalto, and Kassadou.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Kassadou Lele (South Lele), Kounte Lele (Central Lele), Tangalto Lele (East Lele), Yombiro Lele (North Lele). Kassadou cannot understand Tangalto. Lexical similarity: 55% with Eastern Maninkakan [emk] and Mogofin [mfg], 73% with Kuranko [knk] of Sierra Leone.

Language Use

Positive attitudes.

Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Muslim.