Chamba Leko

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Samba Leekɔ
Regionnorthern Nigeria and Cameroon
EthnicityChamba people
Native speakers
62,000 in Nigeria (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3ndi

Chamba Leko is one of two languages spoken by the Chamba people, the other being Chamba Daka. It is a member of the Leko branch of Savanna languages, and is spoken across the northern NigerianCameroonian border.

Chamba is also spelled 'Samba', Leko also 'Leeko', 'Lego' or 'Lekon'. The language is also known as Suntai.



Labial Labiodental Apical Palatal Velar Labial–velar Glottal
Fricative Voiceless p f t s k kp ʔ
Voiced b v d z g gb
Nasal m n ɲ ŋ  ̰w
Oral l y w (h)
Flap () (r)


Front Central Back
Close i ə u
Mid e o
Open ɛ a ɔ


  1. ^ Chamba at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Samba Leko". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ a b Fabre, Anne Gwenaëlle (2003). "Étude du samba leko, parler d'Allani (Cameroun du Nord, famille Adamawa)" (in French). Cite journal requires |journal= (help)