Maɗa language

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Native toCameroon
RegionFar North Province
Native speakers
(17,000 cited 1982)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3mxu

Maɗa is a Chadic language spoken in northern Cameroon. It has 17,000 speakers.


Maɗa has seven vowels.

Front Middle Back
High i u
Middle e ø ə o
Low a


Maɗa has 25 consonants in total, including implosives, lateral fricatives, and prenasalized stops.

Labial Labiodental Alveolar Palatal Velar Velar Glottal Rounded Glottal
Stop Tenuis p t k
Voiced b d g ɡʷ
Implosive ɓ ɗ
Prenasalized ᵐb ⁿd ᵑg
Nasal m n ŋ
Fricative Tenuis f s h
Voiced v z
Lateral fricative Tenuis ɬ
Voiced ɮ
Affricate Tenuis ts
Voiced dz
Prenasalized ⁿdz
Rhotic r
Approximate w j
Lateral approximate l


  1. ^ Maɗa at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Mada (Cameroon)". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.