Yeni language

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Extinct20th century
Language codes
ISO 639-3yei

The Yeni language is an extinct language of Cameroon, formerly spoken around Djeni Mountain in the Nyalang area. All that remains of the language, apparently, is a song remembered by some Sandani speakers. However, according to Bruce Connell (the first linguist to report its existence, in 1995), comparison of the song's words to neighboring languages suggests that "it was closely related to [the Mambiloid languages] Cambap, Njerep, and Kasabe"[1].


  • Connell, B. (1995). Dying Languages and the Complexity of the Mambiloid Group. Paper presented at the 25th Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics, Leiden.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Yeni". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.