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Somyev language

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Native to  Nigeria, Cameroon
ISO 639-3  kgt
Native speakers  15 (2000)
Glottolog  somy1238
Language family  Niger–Congo Atlantic–Congo Benue–Congo Mambiloid Mambila–Konja Mambila–Vute Kamkam languages Somyev

Somyev (Somyewe), also known as Kila ("blacksmith" in Fulfulde), is a nearly extinct Mambiloid language of two villages, one in Nigeria and one in Cameroon, that is spoken by a caste of blacksmiths that live among the Mambila. Although the language is still used for daily communication, the youngest generation of speakers were born in the 1950s. Transmission of the language ceased when the profession of blacksmithing lost its social status, partly due to imports of foreign tools.

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Somyev language Wikipedia


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