Bung language

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Native toCameroon
RegionAdamawa Province
Native speakers
3 rememberers (1995; repeated 2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3bqd

The Bung language is a nearly extinct, endangered language of Cameroon spoken by three people (in 1995) at the village of Boung on the Adamawa Plateau.[1] It is remembered best by one speaker who learned the language at a young age, though it is not their mother tongue. A wordlist shows its strongest resemblance to be with the Ndung dialect of Mambiloid language Kwanja, although that may simply be because this has become the dominant language of the village where Bung's last speakers reside.[1] It also has words in common with other Mambiloid languages such as Tep, Somyev and Vute, while a number of words' origins remain unclear (possibly Adamawan).[1] For lack of data, it is not definitively classified.


  1. ^ a b c d Bruce Connell, 1997: Moribund Languages of the Nigeria-Cameroon Borderland Archived 2004-08-14 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Bung". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

External links[edit]

  • The Endangered Languages Project: Bung