Wuzlam language

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Native toCameroon
RegionFar North Province
Native speakers
(10,500 cited 1982)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3udl

Wuzlam, also called Uldeme (Ouldémé), is an Afro-Asiatic language of the Chadic branch. It is spoken in northern Cameroon.[1]

The Wuzlam (10,500 speakers) originally lived in the Wuzlam massif, in the canton of Mayo-Ouldémé [fr] (arrondissement of Tokombéré, department of Maya-Sava, Far North Region). The northeastern edge of this massif is inhabited by speakers of Pelasla or Gwendelé, culturally assimilated to the Wuzlam, or "Ouldémé".[2]


  1. ^ a b Wuzlam at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Binam Bikoi, Charles, ed. (2012). Atlas linguistique du Cameroun (ALCAM) [Linguistic Atlas of Cameroon]. Atlas linguistique de l'Afrique centrale (ALAC) (in French). Vol. 1: Inventaire des langues. Yaoundé: CERDOTOLA. ISBN 9789956796069.


  • Veronique de Colombel. 1997. La langue ouldeme nord-Cameroun: précis de grammaire, texte, lexique. Paris: Association LInguistique Africaine.
  • D. Pierre Provoost & S. Pierre Koulifa. 1987. Essai sur la langue uldeme. Archives d'anthropologie 30. Tervuren: Musee Royal de l'Afrique Central.