Language Snapshots

Guébie (Côte d’Ivoire, Ivory Coast) - Language Snapshot

  • Hannah Sande


Guébie (also known as Gaɓogbo) is a Kru language spoken by about 7,000 people in the Gagnoa prefecture in southwest Côte d’Ivoire. Guébie people are primarily subsistence farmers, growing cassava, rice, corn, and plantains. Many also grow cocoa and rubber for profit. In the past 20 years there has been an influx of outsiders settling in Guébie villages, new roads have been developed which lead to easier access to nearby cities, and new schools have been built where French is taught and use of Guébie is not allowed. For these reasons, among others, French and Bété, the local language of wider communication, are replacing Guébie in many domains of daily use, and Guébie is not always spoken in the home and passed on to children.

Keywords: Guébie, Gaɓogbo, Kru language, Gagnoa prefecture, Côte d’Ivoire, French, Bété, Ivory Coast

How to Cite:

Sande, H., (2020) “Guébie (Côte d’Ivoire, Ivory Coast) - Language Snapshot”, Language Documentation and Description 19, 35-44. doi:

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Published on
31 Dec 2020
Peer Reviewed