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Njyem

A language of Cameroon

ISO 639-3: njy

Population 3,500 in Cameroon (2003 SIL). 85% monolingual. Population total all countries: 7,000.
Region East Province, Upper Nyong Division, in Ngoila Subdivision. Also spoken in Congo.
Alternate names   Ndzem, Dzem, Nyem, Ndjem, Njem, Djem, Ndjeme, Ngyeme
Classification Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Northwest, A, Makaa-Njem (A.80)
Language use Many Baka Pygmies speak it as a second language. All domains, public discourse, promulgate government information, oral and written use in church, oral literature. Positive language attitude. 15% speak French as second language.
Language development 50 can read it, 10 can write it. Bible portions: 2002.
Comments Hills. Tropical forest, some swamp. Agriculturalists: coffee, cocoa; trappers. Christian.

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Congo

Language name   Njyem
Population 3,500 in Congo. 85% monolingual.
Region Sangha Region, Souanke District, along paths leading north to Cameroon.
Alternate names   Ndzem, Dzem, Nyem, Ndjem, Njem, Djem, Ndjeme, Ngyeme
Language use Many Baka Pygmies speak it as a second language. All domains, public discourse, promulgate government information, oral and written use in church, oral literature. Positive language attitude. 15% speak French as second language.
Language development 15 people can read.
Comments Hills. Tropical forest, some swamp. Agriculturalists: cocoa; trappers. Christian.