This study aims at throwing some light on the sense of speech in the Bamum area of Cameroun, from two operative terms : shu and shuket. Indeed, in their language, the Bamum distinguish between shu (chattering ) and shuket ( speech, language ). It is a way of conceiving their feelings or those they are talking to.

Shu is speech as it works while out of touch with cultural referents. As an “ecstatic speech”, it is language distracted from its main function as a tool for communication. As to shuket, it is the culmination of the specification of shu. Indeed, the article –Ket on top of the radical shu makes possible its transition from plain language to actual speech where the concept exercises its function to the full.

As such, shuket is the reference code of Bamum culture. Speech is made up of a set of structured organs that engender words. Each of the organs carries out a specific function in the production of speech. Speech has a socio-political effect on the democratic process and the social cohesion in the Bamum Kingdom. In fact, the boundaries between shu and shuket prevent the unification of the political discourse in the Bamum country.