North Teke (Latege)

North Teke is a Bantu language spoken by about 140,000 people, mainly in the southeast of Gabon, and also in the east of The Republic of the Congo. In Gabon it is spoken in the Haut-Ogooué Province between Franceville and the Mpama river, and in the Republic of the Congo it is spoken in the Ewo and Okoyo districts of the Cuvette Department, and in the Abala district of the Plateaux Department.

North Teke is also known as Teke-Tege, Latege, Tege, Teghe, Itege, Katege, Ketego, or Tɛgɛ. There are two dialects: Kateghe and Keteghe. It is closely related to Ombamba, Teke-Kukuya, Ngungwel and Teke-Eboo.

North Teke is written with the Latin alphabet. There is an orthography used by Pauline Linton in the Dictionnaire Latege (North Teke Dictionary). Other orthographies are available.

North Teke alphabet and pronunciation

North Teke alphabet and pronunciation

Notes

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Sample text

Balaga li, balaga lenini : lo leyai amaami alilaga ma kasi ña baari banini alilaga. Bri lamono mpasi ya nde : mwaana w’osu wa nde mikwa.

Translation (French)

Cet homme est un grand homme : il connait beaucoup d'affaires du pays et beaucoup de grands hommes. Nous comprenons son douleur : son premier-né est décédé.

Source: L’ORTHOGRAPHE DU LATEGE. Pauline Linton

Links

Information about North Teke
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Teke_language
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teke-Tege
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latege
https://www.sil.org/resources/search/language/teg
https://www.webonary.org/latege/overview/introduction/

Bantu languages

Bangi, Basaa, Bemba, Bena, Benga, Bhaca, Bukusu, Bulu, Central Teke, Chichewa, Chokwe, Chuwabu, Comorian, Digo, Duala, Eton, Ewondo, Fang, Ganda/Luganda, Gogo, Gusii, Gwere, Haya, Herero, Ikizu, Jita, Kamba, Kiga, Kikuyu, Kimbundu, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kisi, Kongo, Konjo, Koti, Kukuya, Kunda, Kuria, Lambya, Lingala, Loma, Lozi, Luba-Katanga, Luchazi, Lunda, Luvale, Makaa, Makonde, Makhuwa, Mandekan, Maore, Masaaba, Mbunda, Mende, Mongo, Mushungulu, Mwani, Nambya, Nande, Nkore, North Teke, Northern Ndebele (South Africa), Northern Ndebele (Zimbabwe), Northern Sotho, Nyamwezi, Nyakyusa, Nyemba, Nyole, Nyungwe, Nzadi, Oroko, OshiWambo, Pagibete, Punu, Ronga, Sena, Sengele, Shona, Soga, Songe, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Sukuma, Swahili, Swati, Tanga, Tembo, Tonga, Tshiluba, Tsonga, Tswa, Tswana, Tumbuka, Umbundu, Venda, Xhosa, Yao, Yasa, Zigula, Zinza, Zulu

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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