Ngwe language

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Native to Cameroon
Native speakers
73,000 (2001)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 nwe
Glottolog ngwe1238[2]

Ngwe (Ŋwe, Nweh) is a Niger–Congo language that is spoken in Cameroon. As of 2001, Ngwe had 73,200 speakers, which was an increase from the numbers of previous censuses. It is part of the Bamileke dialect continuum, and its closest relatives are Yemba and Ngiemboon. Its vowel system has eight vowels which are rather similar to the eight primary cardinal vowels [i e ɛ a ɑ ɔ o u].[3]


  1. Ngwe at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Ngwe". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Ladefoged, Peter. Preliminaries to linguistic phonetics. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1971, p. 67.

External links

  • Ayotte, Michael & Ayotte, Charlene. 2002. "Sociolinguistic Language Survey of Ngwe." SIL International