Spoken L1 Language: Duala

AES status:
not endangered
David M. Eberhard and Gary F. Simons and Charles D. Fennig 2022
Duala (dua-dua) = 3 (Wider communication). First spoken in Cameroon in 1650 by immigrants who arrived from Congo and who settled in the estuary of Wouri River, site of present-day Duala city. In 1845 a mission was opened in Duala, and by 1875 Duala had become the lingua franca for many ethnic groups in Cameroon. Duala is now the most widely spoken language in the largest city in Cameroon and is used in all domains, including trade, church, education, and communication (‘drum language’ as earlier form).
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