Jagham language

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Ekoi
Ejagham
Native to Nigeria, Cameroon
Ethnicity Ekoi people
Native speakers
120,000  (2000)[1]
Latin script
Language codes
ISO 639-3 etu
Glottolog ejag1239[2]

The Jagham language, Ejagham, also known as Ekoi, is an Ekoid (Niger–Congo) language of Nigeria and Cameroon.

Ekoi is dialectically diverse. Western varieties include Etung and Bendeghe; eastern Keaka and Obang.

The Ekoi are one of several peoples who use nsibidi ideographs, and may be the ones that created them.

Morphology[edit]

Ekoi has the following noun classes, listed here with their Bantu equivalents. Watters (1981) says there are fewer than in Bantu because of mergers (class 4 into 3, 7 into 6, etc.), though Blench notes that there is no reason to think that the common ancestral language had as many noun classes as proto-Bantu.

Noun class Prefix Concord
1 N- w, ɲ
2 a- b
3 N- m
5 ɛ- j
6 a- m
8 bi- b
9 N- j, ɲ
14 ɔ- b
19 i- f

('N' stands for a homorganic nasal. 'j' is "y".)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ekoi at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Ejagham". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

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