Bung language

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Native to Cameroon
Region Adamawa Province
Native speakers
3 rememberers (1995; repeated 2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 bqd
Glottolog bung1259[2]

The Bung language is a nearly extinct, endangered language of Cameroon spoken by 3 people (in 1995) at the village of Boung on the Adamawa Plateau.[1] It is remembered best by one speaker who learned the language at a young age, though it is not their mother tongue. A wordlist shows its strongest resemblance to be with the Ndung dialect of Mambiloid language Kwanja, although that may simply be because this has become the dominant language of the village where Bung's last speakers reside.[1] It also has words in common with other Mambiloid languages such as Tep, Somyev, and Vute, while a number of words' origins remain unclear (possibly Adamawan).[1] For lack of data, it is not definitively classified.


  1. ^ a b c d Bruce Connell, 1997: Moribund Languages of the Nigeria-Cameroon Borderland
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Bung". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

External links[edit]

  • The Endangered Languages Project: Bung