Limba, West-Central

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A language of Sierra Leone

Alternate Names
Yimba, Yumba
Population

442,000 (2016).

Location

Northern province: east Bombali and northeast Kambia districts, Little Scarcies river area; north of Makeni.

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Language Status

2 (Provincial). Statutory provincial working language in Northern province (2004, Article 16(1), Local Government Act), may be used in local council deliberations.

Dialects

Western Limba (Sela, Tonko), Central Limba (Gbongogbo, Tamiso).

Language Development
NT: 1966–2011.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Quite different from East Limba [lma] of Sierra Leone and Guinea. Traditional religion, Muslim.

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