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This is a basic dictionary of Kpelle with a small grammatical sketch at the beginning of the book.

Originally published by the Indiana University Linguistics Club Publications. (1997)

Available for download (top button) is an updated Glossary including an introduction as well as specifics regarding the Kpelle Language (2017)

additional image download (bottom button) is a sample page from the upcoming dictionary.

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Indiana University Linguistics Club Publications


Anthropological Linguistics and Sociolinguistics | Language Description and Documentation | Linguistics


Elizabeth Grace Winkler earned degrees at Ohio University and Indiana University. Before coming to WKU, she held faculty positions at Columbus State University in Georgia and the University of Arizona, Tucson. In addition to her teaching experience, she has taught English as a second language at several universities in the US and in Monterrey, Mexico. She currently serves on the International Advisory board for the journal of Linguistics and Literature, a publication of the University of Costa Rica. She is also currently serving as a consultant to a group creating orthography of the Kpelle language, a language for which Winkler has authored the only existing dictionary. Winkler has authored an introductory linguistics text that is currently in its second edition as well as published scholarly journal articles and book chapters in edited volumes on creoles and gender.

Kpelle-English dictionary, with accompanying English-Kpelle glossary