Musey language

Musey is a Chadic language of Chad and Cameroon. There is a degree of mutual intelligibility with Masana. Although Musey and Masa are mutually unintelligible, many Musey speakers also speak Masa.[2]

Native toChad, Cameroon
Native speakers
260,000 (2005–2006)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3mse


Musey is spoken east of Guéré, in the southern part of Mayo-Danay commune in Danay department, Far North Region, by 20,000 speakers in Cameroon. It is also spoken in Chad.[2]



Labial Alveolar Lateral Palatal Velar Glottal
Plosive voiceless p t k
voiced b d ɡ
implosive ɓ ɗ
prenasalized mb nd nd͡ʒ ŋɡ
Fricative voiceless f s ɬ h
voiced v z ɮ ɦ
Nasal m n ŋ
Flap ɾ
Approximant w l j


Front Central Back
Close i u
Mid e o
Open a



  1. ^ Musey at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ a b Binam Bikoi, Charles, ed. (2012). Atlas linguistique du Cameroun (ALCAM) [Linguistic Atlas of Cameroon]. Atlas linguistique de l'Afrique centrale (ALAC) (in French). Volume 1: Inventaire des langues. Yaoundé: CERDOTOLA. ISBN 9789956796069. |volume= has extra text (help)
  3. ^ Shryock, Aaron M. (1992). Consonants and tone in Musey. UCLA.

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