Mendankwe-Nkwen

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A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Mandankwe, Mendankwe
Population

23,100 (2001 SIL).

Location

North West Region, Mezam division, Bamenda Central subdivision, north and east of Bamenda town, either side of Ring Road, and mountainous circle of Menda Nkwe.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Mendankwe (Bamenda, Munda), Nkwen (Bafreng). The Mendankwe dialect has 74% intelligibility of the Nkwen dialect; Nkwen 79% intelligibility of Mendankwe. Socially very distinct groups. Related to Ngemba [nge], Bafut [bfd], Pinyin [pny], Awing [azo], and Bambili-Bambui [baw].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%.
Writing
Unwritten.