Kissi, Northern


A language of Guinea

Alternate Names
Gizi, Kisi, Kisie, Kissien

287,000 in Guinea (Vanderaa 1991). Population total all countries: 327,000.


Faranah region: Kissidougou prefecture; Nzérékoré region: Gueckedou and western Macenta prefectures, near Zialo [zil] language area.

Language Status

4 (Educational). De facto language of national identity.


Kama, Liaro, Teng, Tung. Reportedly similar to Sherbro [bun]. Southern Kissi [kss] of Liberia and Sierra Leone is different.

Language Use

Also use Eastern Maninkakan [emk], French [fra].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 10% in French. Literacy materials taught in school. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 2010.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Many loanwords from Western Maninkakan [mlq]. Traditional religion.

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