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Kemedzung is a language spoken in the villages of Dumbu and Kwei in the Misaje Sub-Division, Donga-Mantung Division, North West Region of Cameroon, West Africa. Dieu and Renaud (1983) in the Atlas Linquistique du Cameroun (ALCAM) list the language as: Kemezung [872]. Kemedzung is classified in the following manner: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Beboid. Kemedzung is one of nine Beboid languages and there are around 3.540 speakers of Kemedzung (Lewis et al., 2015). In the local orthography the name is written as Kɨmədzuŋ.
The word list was at first about 2,500 words and phrases. These words were collected using the Inventaire Thematique de 2000 (Central African Word List). During two weeks of Rapid Word Collection in June and July 2015 another 13,685 words and phrases were collected by 48 speakers of Kemedzung.

  • Rapid Word Collection - collecting words for the dictionary
    Rapid Word Collection - collecting words for the dictionary
  • Workshop participants and trainers - May 2015
    Workshop participants and trainers - May 2015
  • Pounding palm nuts to make palm oil
    Pounding palm nuts to make palm oil
  • School children from the government primary school marching on Youth Day
    School children from the government primary school marching on Youth Day
  • House of bamboo sticks-the traditional house
    House of bamboo sticks-the traditional house
  • Preparing Literacy books
    Preparing Literacy books
  • Aerial view of Dumbu
    Aerial view of Dumbu

Photos by Chris Smoes.