Kulango language

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RegionIvory Coast, Ghana
EthnicityKulango people
Native speakers
(130,000 cited 1991–2003)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
nku – Bouna
kzc – Bondoukou

Kulango is a Niger–Congo language of Ivory Coast and across the border in Ghana. It is one of the Kulango languages. There are two principal varieties, distinct enough to be considered separate languages: the Kulango of Bondoukou (Bonduku), and that of Bouna (Buna). Ethnologue reports that Bouna-dialect speakers understand Bondoukou, but not the reverse. Bouna, in addition, has (sub)dialects Sekwa and Nabanj. In Ghana, the principal towns in which the language is spoken are Badu and Seikwa, both in the Tain District of the Brong–Ahafo Region.

Variations of the name 'Kulango' include Koulango, Kolango, Kulange, Nkurange, Nkoramfo, Nkuraeng, and Kulamo; alternative names are Lorhon, Ngwela, and Babé.[3]


  1. ^ Bouna at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Bondoukou at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Kulango". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ James Stuart Olsen, The Peoples of Africa: An Ethnohistorical Dictionary (Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996; ISBN 0313279187), p. 311.