PROVISIONAL

MPYEMO FRENCH LEXICON

 

YOKADOUMA SUBDIVISION

EAST PROVINCE

REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON

 

 edited by

Keith et Mary BEAVON

 

2003

 

Mpeymo is a Bantu language (Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Northwest, A, Makaa-Njem (A.80)) spoken in southeastern Cameroon (Department of Boumba and Ngoko in the Yokadouma Subdivision) and in southwestern Central African Republic (Department of the Sangha), where the majority of the speakers are located. The language has at least three dialects.  The dialect spoken along the road from Batouri to Yokadouma is "Jasua", being spoken in about 28 villages of different sizes.  The dialect along the road from Yokadouma to Nola is called "Bijuki", spoken in about 45 villages.  The third dialect, "Kwabili", is spoken only in CAR, being located in about 12 villages between Bilolo and Salo. The data in this provisional lexicon represents the Bijuki dialect, which is geographically central and is spoken by half of the speakers of Mpyemo. The Mpeymo lexicon consists of 1,319 entries with definitions in French. For input, suggestions, corrections, etc., please contact Keith Beavon.

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