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. Also in Nigeria.

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. Some use Evant [bzz] or Cameroon Pidgin [wes], and older males can speak some Denya [anv].

Language Development
Radio programs.
Writing
Unwritten.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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