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Klao language

Native to Liberia
Native speakers
220,000  (2006)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 klu
Glottolog klao1243[2]

Klao (also Klaoh), or Kru, is a Kru language of the Niger–Congo language family, spoken primarily in Liberia, with some speakers also in Sierra Leone. It uses SVO word order for main clauses and SOV for embedded clauses. A Klao translation of the Bible by missionary Nancy Lightfoot was released in 2000.[3] The language has Western, West Central, Central, and Eastern dialects.[4]


  1. ^ Klao at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Klao". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ The GOOD NEWS News
  4. ^ Ethnologue report for language code:klu

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