- MORE ON VITALITY
"All of the Mungbam varieties are spoken within their respective villages by all residents of all ages, and the language is being learned by children."
- OTHER LANGUAGES USED BY THE COMMUNITY
- LANGUAGE CONTEXT COMMENTS
"Mungbam is a name coined by the author to refer to the related lects spoken in the villages of MUnken, NGun, Biya, Abar and Missong, in Northwest Cameroon. Due to the differences between the lects, Mungbam would properly be referred to as a “dialect cluster” rather than as a “language” (Di Carlo and Pizziolo, 2012: 160), but the latter term will be retained for simplicity... Even though Munken, Ngun, Biya, Abar and Missong are treated in this dissertation as dialects of one language, people from the area where they are spoken would generally reject the idea that the people of say, Munken, speak the same language as the people of, say, Biya... Monolinguals... are generally not found in Lower Fungom, since most people have some familiarity with Pidgin English and may be capable of conversing in the other languages spoken in nearby villages. Contact between speakers of the five dialects is very frequent. A public primary school called Government School [GS] Abar-Missong is attended by mostly children of Abar, Missong, and Munken, placing them in daily contact. GS Bati enrolls many Biya and Ngun children."