Lama language

Last updated
Region Togo, Benin
Ethnicity Lamba
Native speakers
260,000 (2006–2012) [1]
Official status
Recognised minority
language in
Flag of Benin.svg  Benin
Language codes
ISO 639-3 las
Glottolog lama1275

Lama is a Gur language spoken by the Lamba people in Togo, Benin, and by a few in Ghana.


Phonology [2]


Labial Alveolar Retroflex Palatal Velar Labial-velar Glottal
Nasal m n ɲ ŋ
Stop p t ɖ k k͡p
Fricative ɸ s h
Approximant l j w


Front Central Back
Close i ĩ ɨ ɨː ɨ̃ u ũ
Near-close ɪ ɪː ɪ̃ ʊ ʊː ʊ̃
Close-mid e ə əː ə̃ o õ
Open-mid ɛ ɛː ɛ̃ ɔ ɔː ɔ̃
Open a ã




Lama alphabet [3]

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  1. Lama at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. "PHOIBLE 2.0 -". Retrieved 2022-06-10.
  3. alphabet, SIL 2014.