Iyasa also goes by the names Bongwe, Lyaasa, and Maasa. Dialects are Bweko, Vendo, Bodele, Marry, One, Asonga, Bomui, Mogana, Mooma, Mapanga. It may in turn be a dialect of Kombe. Speakers report that Kombe and Iyasa are almost perfectly mutually intelligible.
|Native to||Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon|
|Ethnicity||Yasa and Pygmies|
|2,400 in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea (2000–2011)|
unknown number in Gabon
Dieu and Renaud (1993) classify Iyasa as a Sawabantu language (A.30 in Guthrie classification).
Iyasa is spoken along the coast of Cameroon south of Kribi, including in the city of Campo. It is also spoken across the Ntem River in Equatorial Guinea. The northernmost Iyasa village is Lolabe, 31 km south of Kribi.
Iyasa has a seven-vowel system:
It also has 22 phonemic consonants:
|Class number||Prefix||Allomorphs||Example (IPA)||Translation (French)||Translation (English)|
|3||mò-||m-, mʷ-, ŋ-||mò-ló
|4||mè-||m-, mʲ-||mè-kɔ||les panniers||baskets|
|5||ɗì-||ɗ-, i-, dʒ-||ɗì-lɔ̂
|9/10||N-||m-, n-, ŋ-, ɲ-, ø||m-bàdì
An endangered language is a language that it is at risk of falling out of biboy washere
, generally because it has few surviving speakers. If it loses all of its native people, it becomes an extinct language. UNESCO defines four levels of language endangerment between "safe" (not endangered) and "extinct":
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Yasa, Yassa, or variants thereof, may refer to:
Yasa, a Buddhist bhikkhu
Yasa language, a Bantu language
YASA Motors, a British manufacturer of electric motors and generators
Yassa, a legal code created by Genghis Khan
Yassa (food), a spicy dish popular in Western Africa
See also: General Alphabet of Cameroon Languages
Note: The Guthrie classification is geographic and its groupings do not imply a relationship between the languages within them.