A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Central Yambassa, Kalong, Nuasue, Nukalonge, Yambassa

2,300 (1994 SIL).


Centre region: Mbam-and-Inoubou division, Bokito subdivision, Yangben canton south of Bokito town.

Language Maps
Language Status

6b (Threatened).


Nukalonge, Numende, Nutanga. Reportedly similar to Elip [ekm] and Mmaala [mmu]. Lexical similarity: 77% with Nubaca [baf], 51% with Mbule [mlb].

Language Use

Religious services. Some young people, all adults. Positive attitudes. Speakers do not think French [fra] will replace Yangben. Also use Bulu [bum] in the Presbyterian church only. Also use Bulu [bum] in the Catholic church only. Also use French [fra], Mmaala [mmu], Nugunu [yas]. Used as L2 by Bati [btc], Elip [ekm], Hijuk [hij], Mbule [mlb], Mmaala [mmu].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. French [fra] is used in primary and secondary education. Yangben is beginning to be taught as a subject in some schools. Poetry. Bible portions.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Nukalonge is the reference dialect.