Bana language

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Native to Cameroon
Region Far North Province
Native speakers
23,000 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 bcw
Glottolog bana1305[2]

Bana is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in northern Cameroon. Dialects include Gamboura and Gili.[1]


Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar Labialized velar Uvular Labialized uvular Glottal
Nasal m n ŋ ŋʷ
Voiceless plosive p t k ʔ ʔʷ
Voiced plosive b d ɡ ɡʷ
Prenasalized plosive mb nd ndz ŋɡ ŋɡʷ
Implosive ɓ ɗ
Affricate ts dz
Fricative f v s z χ ʁ χʷ ʁʷ
Flap ɾ
Approximant j w

The vowels of Bana are /ɨ ə ɛ/, which can occur with high, falling, low, or rising tone. [3]


  1. ^ a b Bana at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Bana". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Hofmann, Erica. 1990. A preliminary phonology of bana. University of Victoria. (MA thesis).