Published April 9, 2018
This video was recorded in Bong County, Liberia, where Jerry lives. Kpelle is spoken by more than a million people, primarily in the West African nations of Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, and Liberia, where is it taught regionally in schools. With three distinct varieties, classifications of Kpelle vary in considering it a single language, as well as a ‘macro-language’, or continuum of closely related mother tongues; Jerry’s variety of Liberian Kpelle is spoken by as many as 250,000 people. A Mande language of the Niger-Congo linguistic family, Kpelle is related to several other languages throughout the region, including Dan, Mandingo, and Loma.