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Bube, Bohobé, or Bube–Benga (Bobe, Bubi), is a Bantu or Bantoid language spoken by the Bubi, a Bantu people native to, and once the primary inhabitants of, Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. The language was brought to Bioko from continental Africa more than three thousand years ago when the Bubi began arriving on the island. It has around 40,000 speakers, with three variants: North, South and Central-East. The language has maintained nuclear archaisms from its Niger–Congo linguistic root. It is noted for tonal character and the divergence of words by gender. The language is also spoken by Bubi native to Gabon and Cameroon. The Bube language is divided into six different dialects that vary in the northern and southern regions of Bioko island. For example, in the North, people speak Rebola and its variations: Basile, Banapa and Basupa. However, in the North-East, Bakake is spoken. The first Bube-to-English primer was authored in 1875 by William Barleycorn, a colonial era Primitive Methodist missionary of Igbo and Fernandino descent, while he was serving in the Bubi village of Basupu. An official language dictionary and grammar guide was published by renowned ethnic Bubi scholar Justo Bolekia Boleká.
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[de] Bube
[en] Bube language
[fr] Bubi
[hr] Bube jezik
[pl] Język bubi
[es] Idioma bubi
[sw] Kibubi

Language type : Living

Language resources for Bube

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Wiktionary - Category:Bube language [en]
Wiktionnaire - Catégorie:bube [fr]

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