Bandi

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A language of Liberia

Alternate Names
Bande, Gbande, Gbandi, Gbunde
Population

84,000 in Liberia (2012 J. Leclerc). Total users in all countries: 91,000.

Location

Lofa county; into Gbarpolu county: Belleh district.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Tahamba, Wawana, Wulukoha, Hasala, Lukasa, Hembeh. Tahamba dialect used for literature. Lexical similarity: 96% with the 6 dialects, 83% with the most similar Mende [men] dialect.

Language Use

Used as L2 by Kuwaa [blh].

Language Development
Grammar. NT: 2000.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Muslim.

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