Yasa language

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Not to be confused with Bongwe language.
Native to Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon
Ethnicity Yasa and Pygmies[1]
Native speakers
2,400 in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea (2000–2011)[1]
unknown number in Gabon[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 yko
Glottolog yasa1242[2]

Yasa (Yassa) is a Bantu language of Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea by Ndowe coastal fishing people. It is also spoken by Pygmies, perhaps Babongo, in Gabon.

Yasa also goes by the names Bongwe, Lyaasa, and Maasa. Dialects are Iyasa, Bweko, Vendo, Bodele, Marry, One, Asonga, Bomui, Mogana, Mooma, Mapanga. It may in turn be a dialect of Kombe.


  1. ^ a b c Yasa at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Yasa". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online