Dompo has numerous parallels with the Gonja language, but does not appear to be directly related to it. Blench (1999) suggests three possibilities:
- it is a Gonja dialect that has come under heavy external influence;
- it is a related Guang language that has been relexified, largely from Gonja;
- it is of some other source, and relexified, largely from Gonja.
None of the Dompo names for wild plants or animals resemble Gonja, suggesting that the last is the most likely. It may even be a relic of the pre-Niger–Congo languages of West Africa.
- Blench, Roger (1999) Recent Field Work in Ghana: Report on Dompo and a note on Mpre.
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