Mengaka

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A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Bamileke-Mengaka, Benzing, Ghap, Megaka
Population

20,000 (1993 SIL).

Location

West Region, Bamboutos division, South Galim subdivision, Bagam, Galim, and Bamendjing.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Bagam, Bamendjing (Bamendjin). Lexical similarity: 91% among villages, but no dialect differences reported.

Language Use

Also use some Bamun [bax] among older speakers. Youth also use French [fra].

Language Development
Interest in language development for schools and individual literacy.
Writing

Bagam (Eghap) script [Qabh], no longer in use.

Other Comments

Distinct from Mungaka [mhk] (Bali), which is Mbam-Nkam, Noone [nhu].