Engenni language

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Native toNigeria
RegionBayelsa State, Rivers State
EthnicityEngenni people
Native speakers
(20,000 cited 1980)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3enn

Engenni (Ẹgẹnẹ) is an Edoid language of Nigeria.


Engenni is a fairly isolating language, having little affixation.[3] There is no plural form for words. It has definite articles, but no indefinite articles. There is a two-contrast with regards to demonstratives, while pronominal and adnominal demonstratives are identical (as in English). Verbs are marked for perfective/imperfective aspect, but there is no past tense.[4]

Engenni is an SVO language that uses prepositions. Adjectives, demonstratives, and numerals follow the noun they describe. Yes–no questions are marked with a special particle, which goes at the end of the question. Negation is indicated by a change in tone.


  1. ^ Engenni at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Engenni". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Thomas, Elaine. 1978. A Grammatical Description of the Engenni Language. Summer Institute of Linguistics Publications in Linguistics, 60. 60. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics.
  4. ^ "WALS Online - Language Engenni".