Swo

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A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Fo, Shwo, Sô, Sso
Population

9,000 (1992 SIL).

Location

Center Region, Nyong and Mfoumou divisions, Akonolinga subdivision, Melan and Emvane cantons; East Region, a few in Upper Nyong division.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Emvane So, Melan So. Dialects have vocabulary and pronunciation differences, but no reported problem with mutual intelligibility. The Melan Swo dialect has been influenced by Ewondo [ewo] and Bulu [bum].

Language Use

Home, village. Some young people, all adults. Much intermarriage with the Beti group of languages. Children increasingly learn one of the Beti languages and French [fra]. French is used in schools and government offices. Also use Bulu [bum].

Language Development
Bible portions: 2010.
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].