Grebo language

Native to Liberia, Ivory Coast
Native speakers
390,000  (2001)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-2 grb
ISO 639-3 grbinclusive 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.[2]

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.[3]


  1. ^ Grebo language at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Gordon Innes, A Grebo - English Dictionary, Cambridge University Press, 1967
  3. ^ 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

External links

  • John Payne (Bp.) (1860). A dictionary of the Grebo language. E.O. Jenkins. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
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