West Teke language

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West Teke
Native to Republic of Congo, Gabon
Ethnicity Teke, Bongo Pygmies
Native speakers
120,000  (ca.2000)[1]
(some figures undated)
Niger–Congo
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
tyi – Tsaayi
lli – Laali
iyx – Yaa
tyx – Tyee (Kwe)
Glottolog west2839[2]
B.73[3]

West Teke is a Bantu language spoken in the Republic of Congo and Gabon.

West Teke is a dialect continuum. The varieties are Tsaayi (Ge-Tsaya, Tyaye, Tsayi), Laali, Yaa (Yaka), and Tyee (Tee, Kwe). The dominant variety by far is Tsaayi.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tsaayi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Laali at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Yaa at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Tyee (Kwe) at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "West Teke". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online