Ngemba

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A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Megimba, Mogimba, Ngomba, Nguemba
Population

18,800 (2002 SIL).

Location

North West Region, Mezam division, Tuba and Bamenda subdivisions.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Alatening (Alatining), Anyang (Bamundum 2, Mundum 2), Bagangu (Akum), Mangkunge (Bande, Bande’, Bandeng, Mukohn, Ngemba, Nkune), Mankon (Bida), Mbrerewi (Bamundum 1, Mundum 1), Mbutu (Alamatu, Bambutu, Mbotu), Njong (Banjong), Shomba (Almatson, Bamechom), Songwa (Bangwa, Ngwa, Nsongwa). Distinct from Ngiemboon [nnh] (Nguemba). Lexical similarity: 87% between the Mbrerewi and Anyang dialects, 78% between Mbrerewi and Bafut [bfd], 85% between Mbrerewi and the Mankon dialect, 74% between Bafut and Mankon.

Language Use

All ages. Also use Bafut [bfd], Cameroon Pidgin [wes].