Futop language

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Efutop
Native to Nigeria
Region Cross River State
Native speakers
(10,000 cited 1973)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ofu
Glottolog efut1242[2]

The Futop language, Efutop (Ofutop), is an Ekoid language of Nigeria. The E- represents the Bantu prefix (KiSwahili ki-), the class prefix for languages.

One of a number of similar but distinct languages spoken in the Cross River region, its area includes the town of Abaragba as well as Ekpokpa, Mkpura, Ndim, Okanga-Nkpansi, Okanga-Njimowan, and Okosura. The vocabulary for David W. Crabb's item in Ekoid Bantu Languages of Ogoja was from Mr. Anthony A. Eyam of Abaragba.[3]

Significant tone is important in this language.

Some vocabulary (in a simplified orthography, without tone markings):

  • nhnham - animal (low tone-low tone) nh is palatal
  • nggurɛgbɛ - antelope (low-low-low-low) ng is syllabic
  • obuɔ - arm, hand
  • ngkuɔn - bee
  • mmuɔn - child
  • ofuu - day (low-high)
  • nim - do (low)
  • yum - dry (high tone)
  • yinə - forget (high-low).[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Efutop at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Efutop". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ David W. Crabb, Ekoid Bantu Languages of Ogoja, Cambridge University Press, 1965.
  4. ^ David W. Crabb, Ekoid Bantu Languages of Ogoja, Cambridge University Press, 1965.

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