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Extinct: no
Family: Niger-Congo
Branch: Kwa
Continent: Africa
Country: Liberia
Region: Grand Bassa, Rivercess, and Montserrado counties, central Liberia. Gbii overlaps into Nimba County. Also spoken in Sierra Leone. KONTAGORA: Niger State, Mariga LGA, northeast of Kontagora.
Countries Where Spoken: 347,600 in Liberia (1991 L. Vanderaa). Population total both countries 353,000. Sierra Leone. KONTAGORA: 10 speakers (1987).
Countries Where Official: Liberia
Native Speakers: 353,000
Speakers Total: 353,000
Phrasebase members who speak Bassa at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Bassa at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Bassa: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Bassa: 0
Three Letter Code: BAS
Alternative Names: none
Summary: Bilingualism in Liberian English. Different from Bassa of Nigeria or Bassa (Basaa) of Cameroon. SVO. Indigenous Vah script, developed around 1900 by Dr. Lewis, alphabetical, with tone marked, is still used by older men. Tropical forest. Hills, marshes. Agriculturalists: upland rice. Christian, traditional religion. NT 1970. KONTAGORA: Nearly extinct.

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