Malgbe

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A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Goulfei, Gulfe, Gulfei, Malbe, Malgwe, Ngwalkwe, Sanbalbe
Population

6,000 in Cameroon (Tourneux 2004). 40,000 all Kotoko languages (Tourneux 2004).

Location

Far North region: Logone-and-Chari division, Chari river area, Goulfey subdivision, north of Kousseri.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Malgbe (Goulfei), Mara, Dro, Douguia (Dugiya). Related to Afade [aal], Maslam [msv], Mpade [mpi], Mser [kqx], and Lagwan [kot].

Language Use

Also use Chadian Spoken Arabic [shu].

Writing

Latin script [Latn], developed in 1999, experimental.

Other Comments

‘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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