Bamun

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A language of Cameroon

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

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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