Baldemu language

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Baldemu
Mbazlam
Baldare
Native toCameroon
RegionFar North Province
Coordinates10°51′N 14°38′E / 10.850°N 14.633°E / 10.850; 14.633
Native speakers
4 (2003)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3bdn
Glottologbald1241[3]

Baldemu, or Mbazlam, is a nearly extinct Afro-Asiatic language spoken in northern Cameroon. Speakers have been shifting to Fulfulde.[1]

Name[edit]

The language is (or was) known as Baldemu or Baldare to its speakers.[4] It is sometimes rendered Baldamu, Balda, Mbazlam, or Mbazla.

Status[edit]

Since migrating from the surrounding mountains to the village of Balda, Baldemu speakers have shifted to Fulfulde. Baldemu speakers who migrated to Kaélé similarly shifted to Mundang.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Baldemu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Gravina, R. (2011). Internal classification of Chadic Biu-Mandara. In Topics in Chadic Linguistics VI, Papers from the 5th Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages (pp. 67-84).
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Baldemu". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  4. ^ a b Brye, E. (2003). A rapid appraisal language survey of the Baldemu language. SIL Electronic Survey Reports, 15, 13.

Further reading[edit]

  1. MacEachern, S. (2002). Residuals and resistance: Languages and history in the Mandara Mountains. When languages collide: Perspectives on language conflict, language competition and language coexistence, 21-44.
  2. Seignobos, C., & Tourneux, H. (1984). Note sur les Baldamu et leur langue (Nord-Cameroun). Africana Marburgensia, 17(1), 13-30.
  3. Tourneux, H. (1987). Note complémentaire sur les Baldamu et leur langue. Africana Marburgensia, 20(1), 52-58.

External links[edit]

  • Baldemu at the Endangered Languages Project