Koonzime

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A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Djimu, Dzimou, Kooncimo, Koozhime, Koozime, Nzime
Population

40,000 (2011 SIL). 26,400 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 40,000.

Location

East region: Upper Nyong division, north and northwest Dja river, Lomie, Messok, Mindourou, Somalomo, and Alouma villages; South region: Dja-and-Lobo division.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Nzime (Koonzime), Badwe’e (Badjoue, Bajue, Bajwe’e, Koozime).

Language Use

All domains, public discourse, government information, oral and written use in church, oral literature. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use French [fra]. Used as L2 by Baka [bkc], Kol [biw].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: About 10%. Literacy rate in L2: 20%. 8,000 can read it, 150 can write it. Taught in primary schools. Poetry. New media. Radio programs. Dictionary. NT: 1998–2003.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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