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Mbam languages

southwestern Cameroon
Linguistic classification: Niger–Congo

The Mbam languages are a group of erstwhile zone-A Bantu languages which some lexicostatistical studies suggest are not actually Bantu, but related Southern Bantoid languages. Janssens (1992–93) posits that they are all of Guthrie's zone A.60 languages, half of his A.40 languages, and perhaps Bube (A.31). Blench (2011) includes Jarawan in A.60, and keeps both in Bantu.

  • Sanaga (A60): Tuki (Bacenga), Leti
  • West Mbam (A40): Bati (A60), Nomaande (Mandi)–TuotombYambeta, Tunen (Nyokon, Banen)
  • Yambasa (A60): Nubaca, Mbule, Nugunu, ElipMmaalaYangben
  • Jarawan (See)
  • ?Bube (A31)

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