1,820,000 in Sierra Leone (2013 J. Leclerc). Total users in all countries: 1,843,400.
Southern province: most of interior; Eastern province: Pujehun, Kenema, and Kailahun districts; Northern province: Bombali and Moyamba districts’ border areas; expanding along the coast and south and east.
3 (Wider communication).
Kpa, Ko, Waanjama, Sewawa. Lexical similarity: 92%–98% among dialects.
SOV; postpositions; definite article suffix; 24 consonant and 7 vowel phonemes; tonal (2 tones: high, low); word-initial consonant mutation.
Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.