Loko language

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Loko
Landogo
Pronunciation /læn.dɔɣɔ/
Native to Sierra Leone
Native speakers
140,000 (2006)[1]
Niger–Congo
Dialects
  • Landogo
  • Logo
African reference alphabet
Language codes
ISO 639-3 lok
Glottolog loko1255[2]

Loko, or Landogo, is a Southwestern Mande language spoken by the Loko people, who primarily live in Northern Sierra Leone. There are two main varieties, Landogo and Logo, but they are mutually intelligible. Ethnic Loko outnumber native Loko speakers due to the linguistic encroachment of Temne and Krio and urbanization to Freetown, where Loko is internally and externally seen as a low-prestige language.[3]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Loko at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Loko". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Speed, Clarke Karney. Swears and Swearing Among Landogo of Sierra Leone: Aesthetics, Adjudication, and the Philosophy of Power. University of Washington, 1991.

References[edit]

  • Kimball, Les. 1983. A description of the grammar of Loko. Freetown. Institute for Sierra Leonean Languages.
  • Innes, Gordon. 1964. An outline grammar of Loko with texts. African Language Studies, pp. 115-178.