Busa language (Mande)

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Not to be confused with Busa language (Papuan) or Bissa language.
Busa
Bisã
Native to Nigeria
Native speakers
110,000 (2012)[1]
Niger–Congo
  • Mande
    • Eastern
      • Bisa–Busa
        • Samo–Busa
          • Busa languages
            • Busa–Boko
              • Busa
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
bqp – Busa
bus – Busa-Bokobaru
Glottolog busa1253  (Busa)[2]
boko1267  (Bokobaru)[3]

Busa, or Bisã, is the Mande language of the former Bussa Emirate in Nigeria. It is called Busanchi in Hausa, and has also been called Zugweya.

Orthography[edit]

Busa language has 32 letters (Aa, Ãã, Bb, Dd, Ee, Ẽẽ, Ɛɛ, ɛ̃, Ff, Gg, Hh, Ii, Ĩĩ, Kk, Ll, Mm, Nn, Oo, Őő, Ɔɔ, ↄ̃, Pp, Rr, Ss, Tt, Uu, Űũ, Vv, Ww, Yy, Zz) and 25 diphthongs (Aa aa, Ãa ãa, Ee ee, Ẽe ẽe, Ɛɛ ɛɛ, ɛ̃ɛ, Gb gb, Ii ii, Ĩi ĩi, Kp kp, Oo oo, Őo őo, ↄ̃ɔ, Uu uu, Űu űu, gw, mb, mp, nd, ng, nk, ns, nt, nz).

High tones are marked with an acute accent (´) and low tones are marked with a grave accent (`).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Busa at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Busa-Bokobaru at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Busa". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Bokobaru". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 

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