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Title:Language Map of Central Liberia
Authors:Gay, John H.
Azevedo, Warren L. d'ISNI
Welmers, William E.
Periodical:Liberian Studies Journal
Geographic term:Liberia
Subjects:Niger-Congo languages
maps (form)
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:Much uncertainty remains regarding the language boundaries in the central portion of the Liberian republic. Sufficient data have been secured, however, to warrant the preparation of a map - presented here - tentatively illustrating the approximate distribution of major language groups in central Liberia. The five language groups represented on the map are members of three major classes of language. The Gola belong to the Mel group, also called - with Limba - the southern West Atlantic group, the Kpelle belong to the southwestern Mande group, the Mano and Gio belong to the eastern Mande group and the Bassa belong to the Kru subdivision of the Kwa group. In the area there are representatives of other languages as well. Additional detail on dialects within the Kpelle territory is given. Notes, map.