Sierra Leonean English is the dialect of English spoken by Sierra Leoneans which has been heavily influenced by the Sierra Leone Creole people.[1]


Sierra Leonean English realises /r/ as a voiced uvular fricative [ʁ], or, more rarely, a uvular trill [ʀ].[2] This is rare among accents of English.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Saidu Bangura, 2015 A Roadmap to Sierra Leone English: A Sociohistorical and Ecological Perspective, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, PhD thesis, p. 124, 222, 232-242.
  2. ^ Ladefoged & Maddieson (1996), p. 236.
  3. ^ Collins & Mees (2013), p. 199.


  • Collins, Beverley; Mees, Inger M. (2013) [First published 2003], Practical Phonetics and Phonology: A Resource Book for Students (3rd ed.), Routledge, ISBN 978-0-415-50650-2
  • Ladefoged, Peter; Maddieson, Ian (1996). The Sounds of the World's Languages. Oxford: Blackwell. ISBN 0-631-19815-6.