Gbandi language

Native to Guinea, Liberia
Native speakers
ca. 100,000  (2001)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 bza
Glottolog band1352[2]

The Bandi language, also known as Bande, Gbande, Gbandi and Gbunde, is a Mande language. It is spoken primarily in Lofa County in northern Liberia by the Gbandi people.[3]

Bandi has six dialects: Hasala, Hembeh, Lukasa, Wawana, Wulukoha, and Tahamba, which is the dialect used for literature.[3] The dialects have a lexical similarity of 96% among one another, and 83% with the most similar dialect of the Mende language.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Gbandi at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Bandi". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ a b c Lewis, M. Paul (ed.) (2009). "Bandi". Ethnologue: Languages of the World, 16th edition. Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
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