Mafa

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A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Mofa, Natakan, “Matakam” (pej.)
Population

210,000 (2005 SIL). Based on the actual population of the sub-divisions where the Mafa people are present (2014 C. Hamm). Total users in all countries: 214,910.

Location

Far North region: Mayo-Tsanaga division, Mokolo town and north.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

West Mafa (Magoumaz, Mavoumay, Moskota), Central Mafa (Djingliya, Gouzda, Koza, Ldamtsai, Mokola, Mokolo, Ouzal), East Mafa (Bao, Mazam, Midre, Soulede), Roua. The Roua dialect may be a separate language.

Language Use

Some also use Buwal [bhs]. Used as L2 by Cuvok [cuv], Gavar [gou], Mefele [mfj], Vemgo-Mabas [vem].

Language Development
New orthography in Catholic schools. Taught in primary and secondary schools. Literature. Radio. Dictionary. Texts. Bible: 1978–1989.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion.

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