Babanki language

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Native toCameroon
Native speakers
39,000 (2011)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3bbk

Babanki, or Kejom (Kidzem), is a Grassfields Bantu language spoken in northwestern Cameroon. Babanki is spoken primarily in the communities of Big Babanki and Babanki Tungo, and approximately 39,000 people belonging to the Babanki community.[2]

Linguistic studies[edit]

Linguistic research has been conducted in the Babanki community since the late 1970s. SIL Cameroon and the Cameroon Association for Bible Translation and Literacy (CABTAL) have been actively engaged with the Babanki language and community since 1988 and 2004, respectively. [2]

Babanki phonology[edit]

Akumbu, Pius W. (1999). Nominal phonological processes in Babanki. University of Yaounde MA thesis.

Hyman, Larry M. (1979). Tonology of the Babanki noun. Studies in African Linguistics 10. 159–178.

Mutaka, Ngessimo & Esther Phubon. (2006). Vowel raising in Babanki. Journal of West African Languages 33 (1). 71–88.

Phubon, Esther. (1999). Aspects of Babanki phonology. University of Buea BA long essay.

Phubon, Esther. (2002). Phonology of the Babanki verb. University of Buea MA thesis.

Phubon, Esther. (2007). Lexical phonology of Babanki. University of Yaounde 1 DEA thesis.

Phubon, Esther. (2014). Phrasal phonology of Babanki: An outgrowth of other components of the grammar. University of Yaounde 1 dissertation.

Tamanji, Pius N. (1987). Phonology of Babanki. MA thesis, University of Yaounde.

Babanki grammar[edit]

Akumbu, Pius W. (2008). Kejom (Babanki) – English lexicon. Ga’a Kejom Development Committee. Bamenda: AGWECAMS.

Akumbu, Pius W. (2009). Kejom tense system. In Tanda, Vincent, Pius Tamanji and Henry Jick. (eds.), Language, literature and social discourse in Africa: Essays in honor of Emmanuel N. Chia, 183–200. Buea: University of Buea.

Akumbu, Pius W. & Evelyn F. Chibaka. (2012). A pedagogic grammar of Babanki. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag.

Babanki sociolinguistics[edit]

Brye, Edward. 2001. Sociolinguistic survey of Babanki. (824) Yaounde: SIL.


  1. ^ Babanki at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ a b Akumbu, Pius W. (2018-03-19). Babanki literacy classes and community-based language research. De Gruyter Mouton. doi:10.1515/9783110527018-015. ISBN 978-3-11-052701-8.

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