A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Kotoko-Logone, Lagouane, Lagwane, Logone

15,000 in Cameroon (Shryock and Brahim 2014). 40,000 all Kotoko languages (Tourneux 2004).


Far North region: Logone-and-Chari division, Logone-Birni subdivision north of Waza National Park, Logone river bank across to Nigeria border.

Language Status

6b* (Threatened).


Logone-Birni, Logone-Gana (Kotoko-Gana).

Language Use

All ages, but intergenerational transmission is weakening. Also use Chadian Spoken Arabic [shu]. Used as L2 by Jina [jia].

Language Development

Literature. Radio. Dictionary.


Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

The term Mandage is used by the Kotoko to refer to either the northern group of Kotoko languages (Mpade, Afade, Maslam, Malgbe) or the Kotoko group as a whole (including Mser and Lagwan). Muslim.

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