Northwest Gbaya language
|Native to||Cameroon, Central African Republic|
|(65,000 in Cameroon cited 1980)|
200,000 in CAR (1996), 2,000 in Congo (1993)
Northwest Gbaya is a Gbaya language spoken across a broad expanse of Cameroon and the Central African Republic. The principal variety is Kara (Kàrà, Gbaya Kara), a name shared with several neighboring languages; Lay (Làì) is restricted to a small area north of Mbodomo, with a third between it and Toongo that is not named in Moñino (2010), but is influenced by the Gbaya languages to the south.
For male initiation rites, the Gbaya Kara use a language called La'bi.
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