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Extinct: no
Family: Niger-Congo
Branch: Mande
Continent: Africa, Australia
Country: Sierra Leone, Papua New Guinea
Region: SIERRA LEONE: South central. Expanding along the coast and to the south and east. Also spoken in Liberia. PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Sandaun Province, Nuku District, east of Mehek.
Countries Where Spoken: SIERRA LEONE: 1,460,000 in Sierra Leone (1987 UBS), 30.9% of the population (1989 TISLL). Population total both countries 1,480,000. Liberia. PAPUA NEW GUINEA: 7,600 (1996 SIL).
Countries Where Official: Sierra Leone, Papua New Guinea
Native Speakers: 1,480,000
Speakers Total: 1,480,000
Phrasebase members who speak Mende at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Mende at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Mende: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Mende: 0
Three Letter Code: MFY
Summary: SIERRA LEONE: Bandi, mainly in Liberia, is considered to be a separate language. Dialects have 92% to 98% lexical similarity with each other. There are a number of monolinguals. Others use Krio as second language. Trade language. Dictionary. Grammar. An indigenous script called Kikakui still in use. Taught as an elective from primary to college levels. Traditional religion, Muslim, Christian. Bible 1959. PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Related to Yubanakor. 49% lexical similarity to nearest Kwanga village.

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