Iceve-Maci

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A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Bacheve, Bechere, Becheve, Icheve, Ocebe, Ochebe, Ocheve, Utse, Utser, Utseu
Population

7,000 in Cameroon (1990). Population total all countries: 12,000.

Location

South West Region, Manyu division, north and south of Akwaya town.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Icheve (Bacheve), Oliti (Akwaya Motom, Ihekwot, Kwaya, Maci, Matchi, Motomo, Olit, Olithi, Oliti-Akwaya). Lexical similarity: 80% between the Maci and Bacheve dialects, 60% with Otank [uta], 50% with Evant [bzz] and Tiv [tiv], 40% with Eman [emn] and Mesaka [iyo], 35% with Esimbi [ags].

Typology

SVO; noun head Initial; 10 noun classes, marked by prefixes and suffixes; clause constituent marked by word order; tonal.

Language Use

Vigorous. All ages. Positive attitudes. Older males can speak some Denya-Kenyang [anv]. Also use Cameroon Pidgin [wes], Evant [bzz].

Language Development
Radio programs.
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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