Zulgo-Gemzek

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A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Gemjek, Guemshek, Zulgo
Population

L1 users: 26,000 (2002 SIL).

Location

Far North region: Mayo-Sava division, Tokombéré subdivision, 16 villages on east edge of Mandara mountains, north of Maroua.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Gemzek (Gaduwa), Mineo (Minew), Zulgo (Zelgwa, Zoulgo, Zulgwa). Slight dialect differences between villages.

Language Use

If Zulgo is used in church, interpretation is not given into Gemzek. Also use Adamawa Fulfulde [fub], in church, but with interpretation into Gemzek or Zulgo.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 10%. Literature. NT: 1988–1997.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

The Mbuko [mqb], Muyang [muy], and Mada [mxu] languages are in the surrounding area. Christian, traditional religion.

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