Zulgo-Gemzek

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A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Gemjek, Guemshek, Zulgo
Population

26,000 (2002 SIL).

Location

Far North Region, Mayo-Sava division, Tokombere subdivision, east edge of Mandara mountains, north of Maroua. 16 villages.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Gemzek (Gaduwa), Mineo (Minew), Zulgo (Zelgwa, Zoulgo, Zulgwa). Slight dialect differences between villages.

Language Use

If Zulgo is used in church, interpretation is not given into Gemzek. Fulfulde [fub] often used in church, but interpreted into Gemzek or Zulgo.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 10%. Poetry. NT: 1988–1997.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

The Mbuko [mqb], Muyang [muy], and Mada [mxu] languages are in the surrounding area. Christian, traditional religion.