Kim language

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Native to Chad
Native speakers
15,000 (1993 census)[1]
  • Garap
  • Gerep
  • Kolop
  • Kosop
Language codes
ISO 639-3 kia
Glottolog kimm1246[2]

Kim of southern Chad is an Mbum language spoken by 15,000 people. It was once mistakenly classified as Chadic, and called Masa, a Chadic name.

There is strong dialectical divergence; Blench considers Garap (Éré), Gerep (Djouman, Jumam), Kolop (Kilop, Kolobo), and Kosop (Kwasap, Kim) to be distinct languages.[3]


  1. ^ Kim at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Kim". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Roger Blench, 2004. List of Adamawa languages (ms)