West Teke language

West Teke is a Bantu language spoken in the Republic of Congo and Gabon.

West Teke
Native toRepublic of Congo, Gabon
EthnicityTeke, Bongo Pygmies
Native speakers
120,000 (ca.2000)[1]
(some figures undated)
Language codes
ISO 639-3Variously:
tyi – Tsaayi
lli – Laali
iyx – Yaa
tyx – Tyee (Kwe)

West Teke is a dialect continuum. The varieties are Tsaayi (Ge-Tsaya, Tyaye, Tsayi), Laali, Yaa (Yaka), and Tyee (Tee, Kwe). The dominant variety by far is Tsaayi.


  1. ^ Tsaayi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Laali at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Yaa at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Tyee (Kwe) at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "West Teke". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online