Mbembe language

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Native toNigeria
Native speakers
(100,000 cited 1982)[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3mfn – inclusive code
Individual code:
oda – Odut village[1]

Mbembe is a Cross River language of Nigeria. Odut, a divergent variety spoken in a village far South of the rest of Mbembe, had 20 speakers in 1980 and may be extinct.[4]


The Mbembe alphabet has 33 letters, with 25 consonants and eight vowels.[5]

Letters (uppercase) A B Ch D E Ɛ F G Gb H I J K Kp L M N Ny Ŋ O Ɔ P R S Sh T U V W Y Z Zh
Letters (lowercase) a α b ch d e ɛ f g gb h i j k kp l m n ny ŋ o ɔ p r s sh t u v w y z zh
IPA /a/ /ɑ/ /b/ // /d/ /e/ /ɛ/ /f/ /ɡ/ /ɡb/ /h/ /i/ // /k/ /kp/ /l/ /m/ /n/ /ɲ/ /ŋ/ /o/ /ɔ/ /p/ /ɾ/ /s/ /ʃ/ /t/ /u/ /v/ /w/ /j/ /z/ /ʒ/


  1. ^ Blench (2013) An Atlas of Nigerian Languages
  2. ^ Mbembe at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Odut village[1] at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Cross River Mbembe". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  4. ^ "Odut". Ethnologue. Retrieved 2017-07-26.
  5. ^ a b Julius A. Eyoh; Echebi Emmanuel Sandamu (July 2009). "Mbembe Orthography Guide" (PDF). silcam.org. Retrieved March 15, 2018.