As we have explained in a blog post, “Pig for Pikin” is part of KPAAM-CAM, where the latter stands for “Key Pluridisciplinary Advances on African Multilingualism – CAMeroon”. It is a 3-year research project based at the University at Buffalo (NY) which is being carried out in partnership with three Cameroonian Universities: Yaounde 1, Buea, and CATUC Bamenda.

The main goals of KPAAM-CAM are:

  • to further our knowledge of individual multilingualism in rural Africa;
  • to develop training models so that research work can be gradually transferred to and managed by local universities and scholars.

KPAAM-CAM wants to become a longitudinal study, i.e. a study lasting for no less than one generation. This is why we pay so much attention to problems of sustainability of the research, and ultimately this is the reason why we developed Pig for Pikin.

Sustainability means stable and fruitful relations among stakeholders. Our stakeholders are the universities, the individual teachers, scholars, and students. In this page we offer a quick view of everything that is in KPAAM-CAM.


Students involved (coming on April 1)

Currently there are ten Cameroonian students actively involved in the project, six of whom are also receiving a scholarship. In the next few weeks we will upload their profiles and current research coordinates.

List of publications


Jeff Good. Interdisciplinarity in areal documentation: Experiences from Lower Fungom, Cameroon. Submitted for a volume on interdisciplinary approaches to language documentation edited by Susan Penfield.

Lovegren, Jesse and Rebecca Voll. Relative clauses in two Yemne-Kimbi languages. In Gratien Atindogbé, Evelyn Fogwe Chibaka, and Rebecca Grollemund (eds), Relative clauses in some Cameroonian Languages: Structure, function and semantism.

Di Carlo, Pierpaolo. Multilingualism, affiliation and spiritual insecurity. From phenomena to processes in language documentation. Language Documentation and Conservation.


Di Carlo, Pierpaolo. Multilingualism, solidarity, and magic: New perspectives on traditional language ideologies in the Cameroonian Grassfields. Proceedings of the XLVI International Congress of the Societa’ Italiana di Linguistica.


Di Carlo, Pierpaolo and Jeff Good. What are we trying to preserve? Diversity, change, and ideology at the edge of the Cameroonian Grassfields. In Peter K. Austin and Julia Sallabank (eds.), Endangered languages: Beliefs and ideologies in language documentation and revitalization. Oxford: OUP. 229–262.


Good, Jeff. A (micro-)accretion zone in a remnant zone? Lower Fungom in areal–historical perspective. In What’s where why? Language typology and historical contingency: In honor Johanna Nichols. Amsterdam: Benjamins. 265–282.

Esene Agwara, Angiachi Demetris. Rural multilingualism in the North West Region of Cameroon: The case of Lower Fungom. Masters thesis, University of Buea.

Lovegren, Jesse. Mungbam grammar. Ph.D. dissertation, University at Buffalo.

Mve, Jean Patrick. Aspects of the phonology of Fáŋ (draft version). Masters thesis, University of Yaoundé.

Ngako Yonga, Monique Doriane. Ébauche phonologique et morphologique de la langue bu. Masters thesis, University of Yaoundé.


Di Carlo, Pierpaolo and Giovanna Pizziolo. Spatial reasoning and GIS in linguistic prehistory: Two case studies from Lower Fungom (Northwest Cameroon). Language Dynamics and Change 2:150–183.

Good, Jeff. How to become a ‘Kwa’ noun. Morphology 22:294–335.

Good, Jeff. ‘Community’ collaboration in Africa: Experiences from Northwest Cameroon. In Peter K. Austin and Stuart McGill (eds.), Language Documentation and Description, Volume 11. London: SOAS. 28–58.

Lovegren, Jesse. Stem initial prominence in Mungbam. In Michael R. Marlo, Nikki B. Adams, Christopher R. Green, Michelle Morrison, and Tristan M. Purvis (ed.), Selected proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference on African Linguistics. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla. 47–54.

Lovegren, Jesse. Suppletive (?) tonal alternations in Munken. LSA Annual Meeting extended abstracts 2012.

Lovegren, Jesse. Sparse notes on Baazəm. Draft.

Voll, Rebecca. Tonal Variation in the tense system of Mundabli, Western Beboid (Bantoid, Cameroon). In Matthias Brenzinger and Anne-Maria Fehn (eds.), Proceedings of the 6th World Congress of African Linguistics, Cologne, 17–21 August 2009. Köln : Rüdiger Köppe Verlag. 533–544.


Good, Jeff, Jesse Lovegren, Jean Patrick Mve, Carine Nguanguep Tchiemouo, Rebecca Voll, and Pierpaolo Di Carlo. The languages of the Lower Fungom region of Cameroon: Grammatical overview. Africana Linguistica17:101–164.

Di Carlo, Pierpaolo. Lower Fungom linguistic diversity and its historical development: Proposals from a multidisciplinary perspective. Africana Linguistica 17:53–100.

Lovegren, Jesse. [ATR] contrast in a harmony-less language: The case of Mungbam. Draft.

Lovegren, Jesse. The linguistic phonetic properties of Mungbam vowels, and their areal-historical and theoretical significance. Qualifying paper, University at Buffalo, Department of Linguistics.