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Proposed category structure for Cameroon Languages

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Proposal for Category Structure of Cameroon Languages

This is an initial page for the Cameroon sub-Project of the African and Global Projects. It is proposed that a second set of Categories for Cameroon is for the local languages.

Languages are a rather special feature of Cameroon as there are so many. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Cameroon?wprov=sfti1

Categories for English/French/Fulani/German/English Pidgin/Camfrananglais probably not a good idea, as they could be too big, but there is probably merit in allowing the other hundreds of languages. For example: Kenyang spoken by the Bayangi people near Mamfe in Manyu Division of South-west Region/Province, though languages cut across administrative areas.

Most of the languages do not have an ISO 639-1 two character code, as already used for WikiTree language content and negotiation, though they probably all have an ISO 639-3 three figure code. (ISO 639-2 codes are a mixture of languages and language families).

Propose that there are no top level categories of linguistic language families, just the Language Category and perhaps Language Spoken. Below will be the sub-categories containing the 200+ languages.

Avoiding the language families (like Bantu , Nile-Congo or Indo-European) Is probably a good idea, as there is no full consensus on them among linguists.

The structure will be pre-populated with the most widely spoken languages in Cameroon (e.g. more than 100,000 speakers), and the scarcer languages can be added as required.

The national official languages would not be added, as no foreseeable benefit. Propose initially an upper limit of one million speakers.

It is not clear if there would be need for the pidgins and creoles, which are very widespread lingua francas.

The scheme could be used as a pilot project for other country projects or even the whole of WikiTree, as ISO639-3 is intended to be definitive (but not encompassing dialects, which are meant to be published in a future ISO639-5).

Structure Like This:

[[Category:Cameroon]]

[[Category:Languages]]

[[Category:Language_spoken, Languages]]

[[Category:Kenyang, Language_spoken]]

Initial, major languages

Proposal to initially create all with more than 100,000 speakers.

More than 10 million

[[Category:Fulfulde, Language_spoken]]

More than 1/2 million

[[Category:Bulu, Language_spoken]]

[[Category:Ewondo, Language_spoken]]

More than 250,000

[[Category:Hausa, Language_spoken]]

[[Category:Yemba, Language_spoken]]

[[Category:Ghomala, Language_spoken]]

[[Category:Ngiemboon, Language_spoken]]

More than 100,000

[[Category:Kom, Language_spoken]]

[[Category:Bassa, Language_spoken]]

[[Category:Bamoun, Language_spoken]]

[[Category:Medumba, Language_spoken]]

[[Category:Chadian_Arabic, Language_spoken]]

[[Category:Mafa, Language_spoken]]

[[Category:Nso', Language_spoken]]

[[Category:Toupouri, Language_spoken]]

[[Category:Fe'fe', Language_spoken]]

[[Category:Fang, Language_spoken]]

[[Category:Balundu-bums, Language_spoken]]

[[Category:Bafut, Language_spoken]]

[[Category:Akoose, Language_spoken]]

[[Category:Kako, Language_spoken]]

In French/en français: Plus que 10 million

[[Category:Fulfulde, Langue_parlée]]

Plus que 1/2 million

[[Category:Bulu, Langue_parlée]]

[[Category:Ewondo, Langue_parlée]]

Plus que 250,000

[[Category:Hausa, Langue_parlée]]

[[Category:Yemba, Langue_parlée]]

[[Category:Ghomala, Langue_parlée]]

[[Category:Ngiemboon, Langue_parlée]]

Plus que 100,000

[[Category:Kom, Langue_parlée]]

[[Category:Bassa, Langue_parlée]]

[[Category:Bamoun, Langue_parlée]]

[[Category:Medumba, Langue_parlée]]

[[Category:Chadian_Arabic, Langue_parlée]]

[[Category:Mafa, Langue_parlée]]

[[Category:Nso', Langue_parlée]]

[[Category:Toupouri, Langue_parlée]]

[[Category:Fe'fe', Langue_parlée]]

[[Category:Fang, Langue_parlée]]

[[Category:Balundu-bums, Langue_parlée]]

[[Category:Bafut, Langue_parlée]]

[[Category:Akoose, Langue_parlée]]

[[Category:Kako, Langue_parlée]]

Issues:

1. Cameroon/Cameroun is officially a bi-lingual country, so how to handle the English/French names for languages (and the Project pages too!)

2. Should words like ‘Language' be part of the category name? The names are not self evidently language names to non-speakers, so therefore proposed.

3. How should the glottal stops in the names be encoded, as in Fe'fe' ?

4. Should this be part of the Language Project?

5. Should these be stickers rather than categories?





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