Fang language (Cameroon)

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Native toCameroon
Native speakers
4,000 (2011)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3fak

Fang is a Southern Bantoid language of Cameroon. It is traditionally classified as a Western Beboid language, but that has not been demonstrated to be a valid family.

"Fang" is the name of the village the language is spoken in.


Fang Consonant Phonemes[3]
Labial Labiodental Dental Palatal Velar
Nasal m ɱ ɲ ŋ
Plosive voiceless p k
voiced b g
Affricate voiceless t̪s̪ kp
voiced gb
Fricative voiceless f
voiced v ʒ
Approximant j w

Fang Vowel Phonemes[3]
Front Central Back
Less rounded Plain Less rounded Plain
Close i u
Close-mid e ə o
Open-mid ɛ ɔ
Open a

There are three tones; high, mid, and low.


  1. ^ Fang at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Fang (Cameroon)". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ a b Good, Jeff and Lovegren, Jesse and Mve, Jean Patrick and Tchiemouo, Nganguep Carine and Voll, Rebecca and Di Carlo, Pierpaolo. 2011. The languages of the Lower Fungom region of Cameroon: Grammatical overview. Africana Linguistica 17. 101–164