Gbaya-Mbodomo

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A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Mbodomo
Population

8,000 (1992).

Location

East region: Lom-and-Djerem division, Bétaré-Oya subdivision; Ngoura district.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

None known. 45% with Biyanda [gso], 56% with Yaayuwee (Northwest Gbaya) [gya] among Mbodomo speakers (Tong 2005). Lexical similarity: 70% with Mbodomo and Yaayuwee (Cameroon), and Mbodomo and Biyanda [gso] (Central African Republic) (Tong 2005). A member of macrolanguage Gbaya [gba].

Language Use

Vigorous. Most domains except church and with outsiders. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Northwest Gbaya [gya] in the Lutheran Church. Also use Adamawa Fulfulde [fub], Ewondo [ewo], French [fra].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 0%. No literacy programs. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1980.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, Muslim, traditional religion.