Lele

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A language of Guinea

Population

L1 users: 23,000 (1998 B. Willits). 12,000 in Kissidougou Prefecture and 11,000 in Guekedou.

Location

Faranah and Nzérékoré regions: main centers are Kassadou, Tangalto, and Yombiro.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Yombiro Lele (North Lele), Tangalto Lele (East Lele), Kassadou Lele (South Lele), Kounte Lele (Central Lele). Kassadou cannot understand Tangalto. Lexical similarity: 55% with Eastern Maninkakan [emk] and Mogofin [mfg], 73% with Kuranko [knk] of Sierra Leone, 62% with Kuranko of Guinea.

Language Use

Positive attitudes. Also use Eastern Maninkakan [emk].

Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Muslim.

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