La'bi language

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Native toCameroon
Native speakers
4,400 L2 speakers (2006)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3lbi

La'bi is the esoteric ritual language of male initiation among the Gbaya Kara, the Mbum, and some Sara Laka, in the area of Touboro near where the CAR, Chad, and Cameroon meet. It has no native speakers. It is related to Mbum, with substantial loans from one or more Sara languages.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c La'bi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "La'bi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Yves Moñino, 1977. "Conceptions du monde et langue d'initiation la'bi de Gbaya-Kara", Langages et cultures africaines, Paris, Maspero.