Bamun

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A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Bamoum, Bamoun, Bamum, Shupamem
Autonym
Shüpamom
Population

L1 users: 420,000 (2005 SIL). Based on actual population of the subdivisions where the Bamun people are present, as of the official 2005 census (2014 C. Hamm).

Location

Centre region: border areas; North West region: Ngo-Ketunjia division, north Lake Bamendjing on Ndop plain; West region: southeast Bamboutos division, north Mifi division, Noun division, Foumban area.

Language Status

3 (Wider communication).

Dialects

None known. Related to Bafanji [bfj], Bamali [bbq], Bambalang [bmo], and Bangolan [bgj].

Language Use

Used as L2 by Mengaka [xmg].

Language Development
Bible: 1988.
Writing

Bamum script [Bamu], taught in schools until 1930s. Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Muslim, Christian, traditional religion.

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