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, Duala
the chief port and largest city in W Cameroon, on the Bight of Bonny: capital of the German colony of Kamerun (1901--16). Pop.: 1 980 000 (2005 est.)



(also Douala), a people of Cameroon, inhabiting the shores of the Gulf of Guinea.

The Duala are subdivided into the Mboko, Bakwari, Pongo, Wuri, and several other tribes. The Duala and the related Balundu and Bassa peoples number about 700,000 (1967 estimate). The language of the Duala is related to the northwestern branch of the Bantu linguistic family and is one of the principal languages in southern Cameroon. Although the majority of Duala are Christians, some have preserved their ancient traditional beliefs (the worship of natural forces and ancestors). Their chief occupations are agriculture (millet, manioc, cacao), the harvesting of the fruit of the oil palm, the gathering of rubber, and, on the coast, fishing. Some Duala work in enterprises in Douala and Kribi.


Dugast, I. Inventaire ethnique du Sud Cameroun. [Douala] 1949.
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(38) Los duala pertenecen a la etnia de los ndowe que habita en las costas de Gabon, Guinea Ecuatorial y Camerun.
En langue duala, massosso ma nyambe veut dire litteralement << les trois piliers d'un foyer >>.
Constatam aceasta prezenta duala a religiei: pe de o parte, o prezenta masiva in spatiul public, iar pe de alta parte, un discurs al crizei asumarii moralei crestine.
(2.) Fieldwork was conducted in Monrovia (Red Light and Duala Market), 4-21 November 2005, with the Liberian Institute for Statistics and Geo-Information Services.
Stanojevic i Tudman Vukovic izlagali su o subjektifikaciji i dativu u hrvatskome, Geld i Stanojevic su govorili o subjektivnoj naravi konstrukcije znacenja u jeziku slijepih osoba, Kraljevic i Grubisic ponudile su kognitivnolingvisticko videnje duala u hrvatskome, a Broz je predstavio svoje istrazivanje o idiomima u hrvatskome.
L'adjectif qualicatif dans trois langues bantu du nordouest: duala, basaa, bulu.
'The wheelbarrow is very important because most people can't afford cars and trucks to transport goods,' says TR Sieh, who makes wheelbarrow deliveries in Duala Market, north of town.
Igbo Isi [HF] = smell isi [H] = head isi [LF] = six ibe [H] = place ibe [HF] = companion Kpele nya [L] = he nya [H] = I nye [L] = he said nye [LF] = I said Chuana bua [FM] = to skin bua [HF] = to speak Ewe havi [LR] = a young pig havi [H] = friend Duala ya [L] = to come ya [MF] = to give birth koka [HF] = to dry koka [L] = to grow Yaunde neng [L] = to take neng [MF] = to rain be [MF] = they be [L] = to make Examples of Grammatical Tones Efik eto [H] = tree etinge eto [LRF] = to of tree The genitive has a different tone from that of the nominative.
His Cameroonian translations of Bunyan may have aimed for a similar outcome in which his Duala Baptist converts could read the text as a story about themselves and their struggles.
Unlike Carl Bender, who became fluent in Duala, the Gebauers never made the effort to learn a Cameroonian language other than the lingua franca, Pidgin English.
This antelope or buffolo mask of 1908 is from Duala, Cameroon.