Bung language

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Native to Cameroon
Region Adamawa Province
Native speakers
3  (1995; repeated 2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 bqd
Glottolog bung1259[2]

The Bung language is a nearly extinct language of Cameroon spoken by 3 people (in 1995) at the village of Boung on the Adamawa Plateau.[1] A wordlist collected for it shows its strongest resemblance to be with the Ndung dialect of Mambiloid language Kwanja, although that may simply be because this has become the village's dominant language.[1] It also has words in common with other Mambiloid languages such as Tep, Somyev, and Vute, while a number of words' origins remain unclear (possibly Adamawan).[1] For lack of data, it is not definitively classified.


  1. ^ a b c d Bruce Connell, 1997: Moribund Languages of the Nigeria-Cameroon Borderland
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Bung". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 


  • Connell, B. (1995). "Dying Languages and the Complexity of the Mambiloid Group". Paper presented at the 25th Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics, Leiden.

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