A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names

858,000 (2007). L2 users: 800,000 (1991 UBS).


South region: northern Mvila and Dja-and-Lobo divisions, into Océan division; Centre region: southern Upper Sanaga division, northern Nyong-and-Mfoumou division; East region: western tip Upper Nyong division.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication).Used as a LWC throughout the South region and also (less so) in the East. Chosen as the church language of the American Presbyterian Mission in circa 1887. It is still the official church language. Another important factor in the spread of Bulu is the pattern of intermarriage: many if not most Bulu women marry outside the Bulu community.


Bene, Yelinda, Yembana, Yengono, Zaman. Intelligible with Eton [eto], Ewondo [ewo], and Fang [fan] in Beti group.

Language Use

Used as L2 by Batanga [bnm], Elip [ekm], Gyele [gyi], Kol [biw], Kwasio [nmg], Mmaala [mmu], Swo [sox], Yangben [yav], Yasa [yko].

Language Development
Dictionary. Bible: 1940–2004.

Latin script [Latn].