Bamun

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A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Bamoum, Bamoun, Bamum, Shupamem
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

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

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.