Sari

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A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Akweto, Nsari, Pesaa, Saari, Sali
Population

7,600 (2008 SIL).

Location

North West region: Donga-Mantung division, Misaje subdivision, Ring Road between Misaje and Nkambe; Mbissa, Kamine, and Akweto villages.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. Member of the Eastern Beboid subgroup. Lexical similarity: 84% with Ncane [ncr].

Typology

SVO; prepositions; noun head initial; 18 noun classes; clause constituents marked by word order; 22 consonant and 7 vowel phonemes; tonal.

Language Use

All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Cameroon Pidgin [wes], English [eng], Kemedzung [dmo], Limbum [lmp], Naami [bzv], Ncane [ncr], Noone [nhu], Tigon Mbembe [nza]. Used as L2 by Kemedzung [dmo], Mbororo Fulfulde [fuv], Naami [bzv], Ncane [ncr].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 3%. Literacy program started in 2011. Schooling is in English. Bible portions: 2014.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, Muslim, traditional religion.