Duala

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A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Diwala, Douala, Dualla, Dwala, Dwela, Sawa
Population

87,700 (1982 SIL). L2 users: Used by an estimated 2,000,000 people in the city of Douala as either an L1 or an L2 (2013 SIL).

Location

Littoral Region, Nkam division, toward Yabassi town along Wouri river; Moungo division, Dibombari area; Wouri division, Cameroon estuary area; South West Region, Fako division, both sides of Mungo river.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication).Duala is the most widely spoken language in the largest city in Cameroon. It is used in all domains (church, market, business and media). There are a number of centers which teach Duala. It became a LWC due to its size and location. It has been used in the church for over a century.

Dialects

Bodiman, Mungo (Mongo, Mungu, Muungo), Oli (Ewodi, Koli, Ouri, Uli, Wouri, Wuri), Pongo. Related to Malimba [mzd].

Language Use

Also use French [fra]. Used as L2 by Bafaw-Balong [bwt], Bakaka [bqz], Bubia [bbx], Isu [szv], Malimba [mzd], Mokpwe [bri].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1872–1970.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.