Mambai

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A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Mambay, Mamgbay, Mamgbei, Manbai, Mangbai, Mangbei, Mongbay
Autonym
dâg tì mà̧mbày
Population

12,000 (2011 E. Anonby). Total users in all countries: 14,000.

Location

North region: Bénoué division, Bibemi and Pitoa subdivisions; Mayo Louti division, Guider and Figuil subdivisions; all locations along Mayo-Kebi river near Chad border.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

None known. Most similar with Mundang [mua], Mono [mru] and Tupuri [tui]. Lexical similarity: 10% with Mundang [mua].

Language Use

Men tend to be more multilingual. Most domains. All ages. Many also use Chadian Spoken Arabic [shu], French [fra], Hausa [hau]. Also use Adamawa Fulfulde [fub], Mundang [mua].

Language Development
Literature. Dictionary. Bible portions: 2011–2014.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Muslim, Christian.

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