Basaa

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A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Basa, Bassa, Bicek, Bikyek, Bisaa, Mbele, Mee, Mvele, Northern Mbene, Tupen
Autonym
Basaa
Population

L1 users: 300,000 (2005 SIL). Based on the actual population of the subdivisions where the Basaa people are present, as of the official 2005 census (2014 C. Hamm).

Location

Centre region: widespread in Nyong-and-Kéllé division; Littoral region: Nkam and Sanaga-Maritime divisions; South region: Océan division; West region: Menoua division.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Bakem, Bon, Bibeng, Diboum, Log, Mpo, Mbang, Ndokama, Basso, Ndokbele, Ndokpenda, Nyamtam.

Language Use

All ages. Also use French [fra]. Used as L2 by Bati [btc], Gyele [gyi], Hijuk [hij], Mbule [mlb], Nubaca [baf].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1969.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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