A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Bongwe, Iyasa, Lyaasa, Maasa, Yassa

1,490 in Cameroon (2000). Ethnic population: 3,000. Total users in all countries: 2,400.


South region: Océan division, Campo and Kribi subdivisions, on the coast near Equatorial Guinea, 15 villages.

Language Status

5 (Developing).


Avandje, Iyassa. Yasa (primarily in Cameroon) is closely related to Kombe [nui] and its dialects.

Language Use

Youth moving to towns, where language proficiency decreases. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Bulu [bum].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 80% read, 40% write, though not a conventional orthography. Want literacy. Poetry. Radio programs.

Latin script [Latn], used since 2011.

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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