|Region||Dogon cliffs, "Mali|
Bangi-me, among the Dogon languages
Bangime "// (bàŋɡí–mɛ̀, or, in full, Bàŋgɛ́rí-mɛ̀) is a "language isolate spoken by 1,500 ethnic "Dogon in seven villages in southern "Mali, who call themselves the bàŋɡá–ndɛ̀ ("hidden people"). Long known to be highly divergent from (other) "Dogon languages, it was first proposed as a possible isolate by "Blench (2005). Research since then has confirmed that it appears to be unrelated to neighbouring languages.
Roger Blench, who discovered the language was not a "Dogon language, notes,
which he dates to 3,000–4,000 years ago.
Bangime has been characterised as an "anti-language, i.e., a language that serves to prevent its speakers from being understood by outsiders, possibly associated with the Bangande villages having been a refuge for escapees from slave "caravans.
Blench (2015) suggests that Bangime and Dogon languages may have a substratum from a "missing" branch of "Nilo-Saharan that had split off relatively early from "Proto-Nilo-Saharan, and tentatively calls that branch "Plateau".
The vowels are /i ɪ e ɛ a ɔ o ʊ u/. Vowels may be long or "nasalised.
Bangime has consonant distinctions not found in the Dogon languages.
NC sequences tend to drop the plosive, and often "lenite to a nasalized sonorant: [búndà] ~ [búr̃a] ~ [bún] 'finish', [támbà] ~ [táw̃à] ~ [támà] 'chew'.
/b/ and /ɡ/ appear as [ʋ] and [ɣ], depending on the ATR status of the adjacent vowels.
/s/ appears as [ʃ] before non-low vowels, /t/ and /j/ as [tʃ] and [ʒ] before either of the high front vowels. /j/ is realized as [dʒ] after a nasal.
There are three tones on "moras (short syllables): high, low and rising. In addition, falling tone may occur on long (bimoraic) syllables. Syllables may also have no inherent tone.