Kulung language (West Chadic)

Kulung (Wurkum) is a minor West Chadic language of Karim Lamido LGA, Taraba State, Nigeria that was recently discovered by Roger Blench. The language is not reported in Ethnologue or Glottolog. Blench (2019) gives a rough estimate of about 2,000 speakers.[1]

Native toNigeria
RegionKarim Lamido LGA, Taraba State
Native speakers
2,000 (2019)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3

Kulung speakers consider themselves to be ethnically part of the larger Jarawan Bantu-speaking Kulung, although their language is West Chadic and related to Piya.[1] The language exhibits considerable Jarawan influence but retains its Chadic character.


  1. ^ a b c Blench, Roger (2019). An Atlas of Nigerian Languages (4th ed.). Cambridge: Kay Williamson Educational Foundation.