Southwestern Mande languages

Southwestern Mande
West Sudanic
Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia
Linguistic classification:


  • Mande
    • Central-Southwestern Mande
      • Southwestern Mande
  • Kpelle
  • Loma-Mende
Glottolog: sout2842[1]

The Southwestern Mande languages are a branch of the Mande languages spoken in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. There are around 2.8 million speakers, chiefly in Sierra Leone, due to Mende, the language with the most overall speakers. The Southwestern Mande languages are distantly related to the historic Manding languages, but are mutually unintelligble.



  1. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Southwest Mande". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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