A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Cane, Nchane, Nchaney, Nchanti, Ntshanti

13,200 (2008 Misaje Council).


North West region: Donga-Mantung division, Misaje subdivision, Bem, Chunge, Kibbo, Mungong, Nfume, and Nkanchi villages west of Nkambe; Menchum division, Bum subdivision.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Ncane, Mungong (Mungom). Member of the Eastern Beboid subgroup. Lexical similarity: 84% with Sari [asj], 88% with Noone [nhu].


SVO; prepositions; noun head initial; 15 noun classes; content-question word predominantly clause final; clause constituents marked by word order; 18 consonant phonemes, 7 vowel phonemes; tonal.

Language Use

Younger people tend to leave village for larger towns for school or work. Home, market, church. Used by all. Positive attitudes. Also use Bum [bmv], Cameroon Pidgin [wes], Chungmboko [cug], English [eng], Hausa [hau], Kemedzung [dmo], Limbum [lmp], Nigerian Fulfulde [fuv], Noone [nhu], Sari [asj]. Used as L2 by Bum [bmv], Hausa [hau], Kemedzung [dmo], Mbororo Fulfulde [fuv], Noone [nhu], Sari [asj].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L1: 3%. Literacy program started 2011. Schooling is in English [eng]. Bible portions: 2014.


Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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