Maslam

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A language of Cameroon

Population

250 in Cameroon (Tourneux 2004). 40,000 all Kotoko languages (Tourneux 2004).

Location

Far North region: Logone-and-Chari division, Makari subdivision, northwest of Kousséri, Maltam, and Saho.

Language Status

8a (Moribund).

Dialects

Maslam (Maltam), Sao (Sahu). Related to Afade [aal], Mpade [mpi], Malgbe [mxf], Mser [kqx], and Lagwan [kot]. Speakers may be able to use literature in one of these languages.

Language Use

In rapid decline (Tourneux 2004). Also use Chadian Spoken Arabic [shu].

Writing

Latin script [Latn], developed in 1997, experimental use.

Other Comments

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

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