Limba, West-Central

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A language of Sierra Leone

Alternate Names
Yimba, Yumba
Autonym
Hulimba ha
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, Local Government Act, Article 16(1)), 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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