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Extinct: no
Family: Niger-Congo
Branch: Mande
Continent: Africa
Country: Liberia
 
Region: LIBERIA: Central. GUINEA: Southeast at Liberia border.
Countries Where Spoken: LIBERIA: 487,400 (1991 L. Vanderaa CRC). GUINEA: 308,000 (1991 Vanderaa).
Countries Where Official: Liberia, Guinea
   
Native Speakers: 487,400
Speakers Total: 487,400
  
Phrasebase members who speak Kpelle at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Kpelle at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Kpelle: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Kpelle: 0
  
Three Letter Code: KPE
Alternative Names: KPELE, GBESE, PESSA, PESSY, KPWESSI, KPELE, GUERZE, GERZE, GERSE, GBESE, PESSA, PESSY, KPWESSI, AKPESE, KPELESE, KPELESETINA, KPESE, KPERESE, NORTHERN KPELE
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Summary: LIBERIA: Dialect differences are slight. Different enough from Kpelle of Guinea to need separate literature. Largest group in Liberia. Traditional religion, Christian. NT 1967. GUINEA: Different enough from Kpelle of Liberia to need separate materials. "Guerze" is the French name. The Kono dialect of Kpelle in Guinea is different from the Kono language of Sierra Leone. The government recently changed the orthography. Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim. Bible portions 1945-1969.
 

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