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This report describes a preliminary sociolinguistic survey ("rapid appraisal") conducted December 14-17, 1998 in the Northwest Province of Cameroon. The research concerns the group of speech varieties which the Atlas Linguistique du Cameroun (ALCAM) classifies as the language "Ngwó" . This survey was conducted as part of an overall goal of assessing the need for literacy and literature development in national languages throughout Cameroon.