Tuki

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A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Bacenga, Baki, Batchenga, Betsinga, Betzinga, Ki, Oki, Osa Nanga, Sanaga
Population

26,000 (1982 SIL), increasing.

Location

Centre region: Mbam-and-Inoubou division, on Sanaga river north of Saa; north of Sanaga river between Ombessa and Ntui; a few villages in Mbam-and-Kim division.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Bundum, Cangu (Tucangu), Kombe (Bakombe, Tukombe, Wakombe), Mbere (Bambele, Bamvele, Mbele, Mvele, Tumbele), Ngoro (Aki, Tu Ngoro, Uki), Tocenga (Bacenga, Cenga, Tiki), Tonjo (Boudjou, Bunju), Tsinga (Batsingo, Chinga, Tsingo, Tutsingo). Lexical similarity: 82%–84% with Leti [leo].

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Most also use French [fra]. Used as L2 by Leti [leo].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 35%. Poetry. Radio programs. Dictionary.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.