Myene language

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Native toGabon
RegionOgooue-Maritime Province, Middle Ogooue Province
EthnicityMyene (Mpongwe, Nkomi, Galwa), Bongo Pygmies
Native speakers
45,000 (2007)[1]
  • Mpongwe
  • Galwa
  • Nkomi
Language codes
ISO 639-3mye

Myene is a cluster of closely related Bantu varieties spoken in Gabon by about 46,000 people. It is perhaps the most divergent of the Narrow Bantu languages,[4] though Nurse & Philippson (2003) place it in with the Tsogo languages (B.30). The more distinctive varieties are Mpongwe (Pongoué), Galwa (Galloa), and Nkomi.


  1. ^ Myene at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Myene". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  4. ^ Bantu Classification Archived 2012-06-24 at the Wayback Machine, Ehret, 2009.
  1. ^ le myènè en ligne sur : '', le myene en ligne : proverbes, contes, cours en audio mp3, histoires, rites et légendes o'myènè.


  • Jacquot, A. (1976) Etude de la phonologie et de la morphologie myene, in Etudes Bantoues II', Bulletin SELAF 53, Paris, 13-79.
  • Philippson, G. & G. Puech (1996) 'Tonal domains in Galwa (Bantu, B11c)'
  • Nurse & Philippson (2003) The Bantu Languages.

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