Bauchi language

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

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

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.


  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.