Fe'fe' language

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Nufi, Fotouni, Bafang[1]
Native toCameroon
RegionHaut-Nkam (Upper Nkam)
EthnicityBamileke Fe'efe'e
Native speakers
c. 140,000 (2005)[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3fmp

Fe'fe' or Fe'efe'e, also known as Nufi or Bafang (Fe'fe': Nufi), is a Bamileke language spoken in Cameroon, around the town of Bafang. It was one of the four languages selected for option at the Collège Libermann at Douala (along with Duala, Basaa and Banjun).[3]

Writing system[edit]

Fe'fe alphabet
Uppercase A B C D E Ə F G Gh H I J K L M N Ŋ O P S Sh T U Ʉ V W Y Z Zh ʼ
Lowercase a ɑ b c d e ə f g gh h i j k l m n ŋ o p s sh t u ʉ v w y z zh ʼ



Labial Dental Palatal Postalveolar Velar Glottal
plain labiodental
Plosive voiced b d ɡ ʔ
voiceless p t c k
Fricative voiced z
voiceless f s v h
Nasal m n
Rhotic y
Approximant l j w



+Back -Back
High ɨ u i
Low -Round a æ
+Round o e



The language has a complex tone system, carefully described, along with other aspects of the phonology and morphology, in Hyman (1972).[5]


  1. ^ OLAC resources in and about the Fe'fe' language. Open Language Archives.
  2. ^ Fe'fe' at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  3. ^ Patrick Renaud, Le Français au Cameroun in: Le Français hors de France sous la direction de A. Valdman, Editions Honoré Champion, Paris, 1979.
  4. ^ a b Ill.), Chicago Linguistic Society. Regional Meeting (27th : 1991 : Chicago. Papers from the 27th Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society 1991 : Part one: The General Session. Dobrin, Lise M., Nichols, Lynn., Rodriguez, Rosa M. (1st ed.). ISBN 0914203371. OCLC 29310059.
  5. ^ Hyman, Larry (1972). "A Phonological Study of Fe' Fe' Bamileke" (PDF).

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