Bum

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A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Bom
Population

21,400 (2001 SIL), increasing.

Location

North West Region, Boyo division, Bum subdivision, mainly Fonfuka village.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. Lexical similarity: 71% with Kom [bkm].

Language Use

Bum and Cameroon Pidgin [wes] used in health centers and with outsiders. Almost all domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Bum and Cameroon Pidgin [wes] used in health centres and with outsiders. Also use Kom [bkm]. Used as L2 by Kom [bkm].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 15%. Literacy rate in L2: 30%. Most women and children learn to read and write. L1 used informally in education. English medium of education. Poetry. Radio programs. Bible portions: 2008.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, Muslim, traditional religion.