Bauchi language

Bauchi (Bauci, Baushi) is a cluster of Kainji languages spoken in Nigeria.

Bauchi
Native toNigeria
RegionNiger State
EthnicityBauchi
Native speakers
(20,000 cited 1988)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3bsf
Glottologbauc1238[2]

The Baushi languages are:[3]

  • Samburu
  • Ndəkə (Madaka) - three clans: Undo, Sambora, Jibwa[4]
  • Hupɨnɨ (Supana)
  • Wãyã (Wayam)
  • Rubu
  • Mɨɨn

The Bauchi languages have a set of unusual sounds for the area, called "linguo-labials" by Blench. They are similar to the interdental approximants of the Philippines, where the tongue can protrude slightly over the lower lip.

References

  1. Bauchi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Bauchi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. Blench 2011
  4. Blench, Roger (2012). "The Kainji languages of northwestern and central Nigeria" (PDF). Cambridge: Kay Williamson Educational Foundation.


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