A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Cane, Nchane, Nchaney, Nchanti, Ntshanti

15,500 (2002 SIL).


North West Region, Donga-Mantung division, Misaje subdivision, west of Nkambe, Nkanchi, Nfume, Chunge, Bem, Kibbo, and Mungong villages; Menchum division, Bum subdivision.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Mungong (Mungom), Ncane. Member of the Eastern Beboid subgroup. Lexical similarity: 84% with Sari [asj], 88% with Noone [nhu].


SVO word order; prepositions; noun head initial; 15 noun classes; content-question word predominantly clause final; clause constituents marked by word order; 17 consonant phonemes, 7 vowel phonemes; tonal.

Language Use

Younger people tend to leave village for larger towns for school or work. Home, market, church. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Cameroon Pidgin [wes], English [eng]. Used as L2 by Sari [asj].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 0%. Literacy program started 2011. Schooling is in English [eng].

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.