- Niger - Congo languages Mande languages Mende
Mende ( Mɛnde yia ) is a language that is widely spoken in Sierra Leone, but there are also many speakers in neighboring Liberia.
It is used by the Mende and other ethnic groups as a lingua franca in southern Sierra Leone.
Mende is a tonal language, which belongs to the Mande languages of the family of the Niger - Congo languages . In 1921, developed Kìsmi Kamára the Mende script, a syllabary to teach his countrymen the writing. This has long been in general use, but was gradually replaced by the Latin alphabet.
The language of Mende was used in the films Amistad and Blood Diamond.