Vame language

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Native to Cameroon
Region Far North Province
Native speakers
(8,500 cited 1992)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mlr
Glottolog vame1236[2]

Vame is an Afroasiatic language spoken in northern Cameroon. Dialects are Dəmwa (Dume?), Hurza, Mayo-Plata (Pəlasla, Gwendele), Mbərem (Vame-Mbreme), and Ndreme (Vame).


  • Social Anthropologist and linguist Olivier Nyssens (Belgium) stayed two years (1981–1983) with the Vame people, learned their language and wrote two articles.
  • Linguist Daniel Barreteau made a comparative study of Vame along with other Mandara languages.
  • French linguist Veronique de Colombel made a brief lexical comparative study of 17 mandara languages including Vame.[3]
  • SIl Linguist William Kinnaird wrote couple of article (2005-2006) on how to write Vame.


  1. ^ Vame at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Vame". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ 1982 COLOMBEL Véronique de -- Esquisse d'une classification de 18 langues tchadiques du Nord-Cameroun : Ce qu'une étude historique et sociale des migrations peut apporter à cette vision de la parenté linguistique -- In : The Chad languages in the Hamitosemitic-Nigritic border area -- Berlin : D. Reimer, 1982.