Tikar

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A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Ndob, Ndome, Tikali, Tikar-East, Tikari, Tingkala
Population

110,000 (2005 SIL). Based on the actual population of the subdivisions where the Tikar people are present, as of the official 2005 census (2014 C. Hamm).

Location

Adamawa region: Mayo-Banyo division, Bankim subdivision; Centre region: Mbam-and-Kim division, Ngambe-Tikar subdivision, scattered over northwest Yoko and northeast of Foumban; West region: Noun division, Magba subdivision; North West region: Donga-Mantung division, small border area.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Bandobo, Gambai, Kong, Mankim, Nditam, Tige (Tikar de Ngambe), Twumwu (Tikar de Bankim, Tumu). Bandobo may be a separate language. The Bankim call their dialect Twumwu, the Ngambe call theirs Tige.

Language Use

All ages. Also use French [fra].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Dictionary. NT: 1989.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].