Mfumte language

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Mfumte
RegionCameroon
EthnicityMfumte
Native speakers
(24,700 Mfumte dialect cited 1982)[1]
6,000 Kwaja and Ndaktup (2000), unknown number Fum
Language codes
ISO 639-3Variously:
nfu – Mfumte
fum – Fum
kdz – Kwaja (East Mfumte)
Glottologmfum1239  Mfumteic[2]
fumm1238  Fum[3]

Mfumte (Nfumte) is a Grassfields Bantu language of Cameroon. It is not clear if the four varieties spoken by ethnic Mfumte—Ndaktup, Kwaja, Fum and Mfumte proper—are mutually intelligible or distinct languages; ability to communicate may be either due to inherent intelligibility or to bilingualism, while Fum and Mfumte may simply be the Nigerian and Cameroonian names for the same language.

Orthography[edit]

The Mbembe alphabet has 40 letters, with 30 consonants and 10 vowels.[4]

[4]
Letters (uppercase) A B Ch D Dz E Ə F G Gb Gh H I Ɨ J K Kp L M N Ny Ŋ O Ɔ Ø P R S Sh T Ts U Ʉ V W Wy Y Z Zh
Letters (lowercase) a b ch d dz e ə f g gb gh h i ɨ j k kp l m n ny ŋ o ɔ ø p r s sh t ts u ʉ v w wy y z zh
IPA /a/ /b/ // /d/ /dz/ /e/ /ə/ /f/ /g/ /gb/ /ɣ/ /x/, /h/ /h/ /i/ /ɯ/ // /k/ /kp/ /l/ /m/ /n/ /ɲ/ /ŋ/ /o/ /ɔ/ /ø/ /p/ /ɾ/ /s/ /ʃ/ /t/ /ts/ /u/ /y/ /v/ /w/ /ɥ/ /j/ /z/ /ʒ/

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mfumte at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Fum at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Kwaja (East Mfumte) at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Mfumteic". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Fum". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  4. ^ a b Julius A. Eyoh; Robert Hedinger (June 2008). "Mfumte Orthography Guide" (PDF). silcam.org. Retrieved March 15, 2018.

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