Ahwai language

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Ahwai
RegionNigeria
EthnicityAhwai people
Native speakers
15,000 (2006)[1]
Dialects
  • Ndun
  • Nyeng
  • Shakara
Language codes
ISO 639-3nfd
Glottologahwa1235[2]
Nandu
Personaner andùn
Peoplebener andùn
Languageindùn
Ningon
Personanyeŋ
Peoplebanyeŋ
Languagehanyeŋ
Tari
Personkùʃákárá
Peopleúʃàkárá
Languageìʃákárá

Ahwai is one of the Plateau languages of Sanga LGA, Kaduna State, Nigeria. There are three mutually intelligible dialects, Ndun (Nandu), Nyeng (Ningon) and Shakara (Tari).

Blench (2008) classified them as distinct Ndunic languages. However, that same year Ethnologue merged them as a single language.

Names and locations[edit]

Below is a list of Ndunic language names, populations, and locations from Blench (2019).[3]


Language Cluster Alternate spellings Own name for language Endonym(s) Other names (location-based) Other names for language Speakers Location(s)
Ndun-Nyeng-Shakara cluster Ndun-Nyeng-Shakara Ahwai [recently adopted name for the three languages]
Ndun Ndun-Nyeng-Shakara Nandu
Nyeng Ndun-Nyeng-Shakara Ningon
Shakara Ndun-Nyeng-Shakara ìShákárá sg. kùShákárá pl. úShákárá Tari Shakara 3000 (Blench est. 2003) Kaduna State, a line of villages 7 km. due west of Mayir on the Fadan Karshe-Wamba road

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ahwai at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Ndunic". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Blench, Roger (2019). An Atlas of Nigerian Languages (4th ed.). Cambridge: Kay Williamson Educational Foundation.