Busuu language

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Native toCameroon
RegionNorth West Province, Menchum Division, Furu-Awa Subdivision, Furu-Awa and Furu-Nangwa villages.
Native speakers
(8 cited 1986)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3bju

Busuu is an unclassified Southern Bantoid language of Cameroon. R Breton noted in 1986 that there were just 8 speakers left,[1] while as of 2005 there were 3 speakers of the language.[2] Busuu is an endangered language.


In the Furu-Awa Subdivision in northern Cameroon bordering to Nigeria, three missions of ALCAM (Atlas Linguistique du Cameroun) between 1984 and 1986 investigated three non-Jukunoid languages, among which Bikya and Bishuo are probably Beboid, but Busuu has been unable to be classified. All of these languages were spoken only by a few older inhabitants of the five villages Furu-Awa, (Furu-)Nangwa (Busuu-speaking), (Furu-)Turuwa, (Furu-)Sambari (Bishuo-speaking) and Furubana (Bikya-speaking). Lexical analysis has shown that while Bishuo has 24% lexical similarity with neighbouring Beboid languages, Nsaa and Nooni and Bikya have 16% resp. 17% similarity with them, and Busuu has just 8% resp. 7%.[3]

See also[edit]

  • Busuu (an online network named after the Busuu language)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Busuu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Ltd, Hymns Ancient & Modern (March 2005). ThirdWay. Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd. p. 33. Retrieved 1 January 2011.
  3. ^ Breton, Roland: Is there a Furu language group? An investigation on the Cameroon-Nigeria border in Journal of West African Languages Vol. 23, Number 2, http://www.journalofwestafricanlanguages.org/Volume23.aspx Archived 2012-02-18 at the Wayback Machine