Basaa

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A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Basa, Bassa, Bicek, Bikyek, Bisaa, Mbele, Mee, Mvele, Northern Mbene, Tupen
Population

230,000 (1982 SIL).

Location

Center Region, spread throughout Nyong and Kelle divisions; Littoral Region, Nkam and Sanaga-Maritime divisions.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Bakem, Basso, Bibeng, Bon, Diboum, Log, Mbang, Mpo, Ndokama, Ndokbele, Ndokpenda, Nyamtam.

Language Use

All ages. Also use French [fra]. Used as L2 by Bati [btc], Gyele [gyi], Hijuk [hij], Nubaca [baf].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Dictionary. Bible: 1969.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].