Guébie, a Kru language spoken in Côte d’Ivoire, is currently doubly classified within Eastern Kru according to Ethnologue (Lewis et al. 2013). It is listed as a dialect of two distinct subgroups, Bété and Dida. This double classification is clearly problematic, and this paper provides the initial work towards addressing the correct classification of the language. Here I compare the phonological and syntactic properties of Guébie with surrounding Bété and Dida languages in order to determine its relatedness to each subgroup. I conclude that Guébie is more closely related to Vata, a Dida language, than to Bété.
May 30, 2018
Sande, H. L. (2018). Classification of Guébie within Kru. In African linguistics on the prairie, ed. Jason Kandybowicz, Travis Major, Harold Torrence, and Philip T. Duncan. 37-49. Berlin: Language Science Press.