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The term "Kru/Bassa" refers to some of the languages in the Western Kru subbranch of the Kru branch of Niger-Congo. Although considered as a possible subgroup of Kwa by Greenberg (1963), more recently Bennett and Sterk (1977) accord the Kru branch a more distant relationship to Kru [Kwa??], but still within Niger-Congo. (Webbook)
Ethnologue classifies 3 languages as: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Kru, Western, Bassa. In addition it lists 20 other languages under Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Kru, Western, .... It is not clear which among the latter should be considered here, so only the Bassa languages will be covered.
At least two dialect surveys have been taken of the Kru group, but because of the complicated nature of the dialect/language situation, more research is needed. (Webbook)
(See note in #1, above)
All the languages in the Kru group are used primarily as local languages. (Webbook)
There is an indigenous Bassa Vah script (not yet encoded in Unicode), and a Latin-based orthography (including extended characters and diacritics to mark tone). More information on relative uses of the two systems for Bassa and other Kru tongues is needed.
The Latin-based alphabet of Bassa as reported by Hartell (1993):
Several sources have information on the Bassa Vah script:
Unicode fonts with extended Latin ranges would be necessary for the Latin-based orthography.
An 8-bit font for the Bassa Vah script can be downloaded at http://www.geocities.com/jglavy/fontsnstuff/bassa.zip . See also the Xenotype "Language Kit":
We are aware of no keyboard layouts for Bassa in either writing system.
No initiatives on this are known.
United Bassa Organizations in the Americas (UNIBOA) has some information, but no content in the language: http://www.uniboa.org/
SIL International, Ethnologue: Languages of the World, "Bassa," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=bsq
______, "Dewoin," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=dee
______, "Gbii," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=ggb
______, "Language Family Trees: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Kru, Western," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_family.asp?subid=89958
SIL International, "ISO 639 Code Tables," http://www.sil.org/iso639-3/codes.asp
U.S. Library of Congress, "ISO 639.2: Codes for the Representation of Names of Languages: Alpha-3 codes arranged alphabetically by the English name of language," http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/php/English_list.php
Wikipedia, "Kru languages," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kru_languages