Tsogo language

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Native to Gabon
Ethnicity Mitsogho, Bongo Pygmies
Native speakers
9,000 (2007) [1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 tsv
Glottolog tsog1243 [2]
B.31 [3]

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  1. Tsogo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Tsogo". Glottolog 3.0 . Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online