Kono language

Native to Sierra Leone
Region East
Native speakers
210,000 (2006)[1]
  • Mande

    • Western Mande
      • Central
        • Manding–Jogo
          • Manding–Vai
            • Vai–Kono
              • Kɔnɔ
Language codes
ISO 639-3 kno
Glottolog kono1268[2]

The Kono language (Kɔnɔ) is a language spoken in Sierra Leone by the Kono people. The Kono District is situated in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone and contains 14 chiefdoms, each headed by a Paramount Chief. The language varies slightly between chiefdoms.


  1. Kɔnɔ at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Kono (Sierra Leone)". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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