A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Bansaw, Banso, Banso’, Lamnsok, Lamso, Nsaw, Nsho’, Nso, Nso’, Panso

240,000 in Cameroon (2005 SIL), increasing. 30% monolingual. Ethnic population: 240,000.


North West Region, Bui division, east Kumbo and Jakiri subdivisions, northeast of Bamenda, Kumbo area. Also in Nigeria.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Cameroon Pidgin [wes], English [eng], Limbum [lmp], or Oku [oku].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. Used informally in education. Poetry. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1990.
Latin script.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.

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