Kaalong language

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Native toCameroon
Ethnicity50,000 (no date)[1]
Native speakers
(<300 cited 1979)[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3dii

Kaalong (Kàlòng) also known as Dimbong (Mbong), is an almost extinct Bantu language from the Center Province of Southern Cameroon.[5]

The language is commonly defined as some combination of seven sub-varieties: Maja, Zakan, Tingong, Mbong, Ripe (or Bapé), Kpa (or Bafia), and Ti'bea (or Djanti), however linguists have not reached a single consensus on what languages are and not distinct from Kaalong.[6]

Many Kaalong speakers have shifted to the similar yet arguably distinct Bafia language.[7]


  1. ^ Kaalong language at Ethnologue (15th ed., 2005)
  2. ^ Kaalong at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Dimbong". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  4. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  5. ^ Larry, Hyman (February 2002). ""Abstract" Vowel Harmony in Kàlòng: A System-Driven Account" (PDF). Théories Linguistiques et Langues Sub-Sahariennes.
  6. ^ Boone, Douglas (1992). "Dimbong survey report" (PDF). Société Internationale de Linguistique.
  7. ^ "Dimbong". Ethnologue. Retrieved 2018-11-22.