Duala language

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Douala
Native to Cameroon
Ethnicity Duala, Mungo
Native speakers
unknown (90,000 cited 1982)[1]
Dialects
Duala proper
Bodiman
Oli (Ewodi, Wuri)
Pongo
Mongo (Muungo)
Language codes
ISO 639-2 dua
ISO 639-3 dua
A.24–26[2]
Jo
Native to Cameroon
Region around Douala
Native speakers
None
Duala-based pidgin
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
A.20A[2]

Duala (also spelled Douala, Diwala, Dwela, Dualla, and Dwala) is a dialect cluster spoken by the Duala and Mungo peoples of Cameroon. The song "Soul Makossa", as well as pop songs that repeated its lyrics, internationally popularized the Duala word for "(I) dance", "makossa".[1] The song Alane by artist Wes Madiko is sung in Duala and reached #1 position in over 9 European countries.

Duala belongs to the Bantu language family, in a subgroup called Sawabantu. Maho (2009) treats Duala as a cluster of five languages: Duala proper, Bodiman, Oli (Ewodi, Wuri), Pongo, and Mongo. He also notes a Duala-based pidgin named Jo.

Dictionaries[edit]

  1. E. Dinkelacker, Wörterbuch der Duala-Sprache, Hamburg, 1914.
  2. Paul Helmlinger, Dictionnaire duala-français, suivi d'un lexique français-duala. Editions Klincksieck, Paris, 1972.
  3. Johannes Ittmann, edited by E. Kähler-Meyer, Wörterbuch der Duala-Sprache, Dictionnaire de la langue duala, Dictionary of the Duala Language, Dietrich Reimer, Berlin, 1976. The preface evaluates ref. 1 above as terse, but good, while ref. 2 has missing and erroneous tone marks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Douala at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ a b Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online

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