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Mende language resources

Mende is spoken on a daily basis in: Sierra Leone Mende--> --> --> -->

Additional background on Mende

The Mende language (M?nde yia) is a major language of Sierra Leone, with some speakers in neighboring Liberia. It is spoken both by the Mende people and by other ethnic groups as a regional lingua franca in southern Sierra Leone. Mende belongs to the Mande branch of the Niger-Congo language family. In 1921, Kisimi Kamara invented a syllabary for Mende he called Ki-ka-ku (). The script achieved widespread use for a time but has largely been replaced with an orthography using the Latin alphabet.

It was used thoroughly in the movie Amistad.


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