A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Bansaw, Banso, Banso’, Lamnsok, Lamso, Nsaw, Nsho’, Nso, Nso’, Panso

240,000 in Cameroon (2005 SIL), increasing. 72,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 240,000.


North West region: Bui division, east Kumbo and Jakiri subdivisions, northeast of Bamenda, Kumbo area.

Language Status

3 (Wider communication).Used by speakers of many other languages.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. 150,000 also use Cameroon Pidgin [wes]. 70,000 also use English [eng]. Also use Limbum [lmp], Oku [oku]. Used as L2 by Kemedzung [dmo], Kom [bkm], Limbum [lmp], Noone [nhu], Oku [oku], Wushi [bse].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. Used informally in education. Poetry. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1990.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.

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