Wè Southern

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A language of Côte d’Ivoire

Alternate Names
Central Guéré, Gere, Guéré
Population

293,000 (1999 SIL). 20,000 Niao (1995 SIL).

Location

18 Montagnes Region, Guiglo, Duékoué, Bangolo, and Tai subprefectures.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Beu (Zarabaon), Fleo, Gboo (Gbobo), Neao (Neabo, Niabo), Nyeo, Zaa (Zaha), Zagna, Zagne, Zibiao. Southern Wè has 7 more consonants than Northern Wè [wob].

Language Use

Also use some French [fra] or Jula [dyu].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–40%. Radio programs. TV. NT: 1982.
Other Comments

Ethnic autonym: Wèè. Consider Wè one language with many dialects. They are one ethnic group, together with Krahn in Liberia. Christian, traditional religion, Muslim.