Grebo language

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Native toLiberia
Native speakers
390,000 (2001)[1]
possibly a few Southern Grebo in Ivory Coast, plus refugees
Language codes
ISO 639-2grb
ISO 639-3grb – inclusive code
Individual codes:
grj – Southern (incl. Jabo)
grv – Central
gbo – Northern
gec – Gboloo
gry – Barclayville

Grebo is a Kru language of Liberia. All of the Grebo languages commonly go by the term Grebo, though in Ivory Coast Krumen is usual. Grebo country is in the extreme south-west of Liberia on the coast and inland, between the rivers Cavally and Cess.[3]

As in other Kru languages, tone is extremely important. For instance, with a high (or high-mid) tone is the first-person pronoun "I", while with a low tone is "you" singular.[4]


  1. ^ Barclayville Grebo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Liberian Grebo". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Gordon Innes, A Grebo - English Dictionary, Cambridge University Press, 1967
  4. ^ Gordon Innes, as above. The dictionary was compiled from previous dictionaries and the speech of Assistant 1955-1957 at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, Mr. J.Y.Dennis

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