Kom (Itaŋikom)

Kom is a member of the Grassfields branch of the Atlantic-Congo language family. It is spoken in the south Boyo division of the North-West Province in the western highlands of Cameroon. in 2005 there were 233,000 speakers of Kom. The language is also known as Bamekon, Bikom, Kong or Nkom.

Kom is used as a language of instruction in about one third of the schools in the area where it's spoken. The language is also used in local administration, churches and on the radio.

Kom alphabet and pronunciation

Kom alphabet and pronunciation


Kom has three tones: the high tone [˥] is not marked, the falling tone [˥˩] is marked with a circumflex (â), and the low tone [˩] is marked with a grave (à).

Download an alphabet chart for Kom (Excel)

Information about the Kom alphabet provided by Wolfram Siegel

Sample text

Tɨsaʼ tsɨ̀tɨ a ka ghesɨ̀nà na lemà sɨ na tôʼnɨ̀ nɨ̀ mɨ̀fî mzɨ̀ a mɨ̀ zuetɨ ɨfwo vzɨ̀ a wu n-bebsɨ ngoèsɨ ɨfwo a ghesɨ̀nà a gvêynsɨ̀.

Source: https://www.silcam.org/resources/search/language/bkm

Sample video in Kom


Information about the Kom language

Atlantic-Congo languages

Bandial, Bariba, Berom, Cebaara, Efik, Esimbi, Ibibio, Iceve-Maci, Jibu, Kambari, Kar, Kissi, Kom, Laalaa, Limba, Mbum, Mono, Mundang, Noon, Obolo, Safen, Supyire, Temne, Ubang, Yemba

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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