Fanji language

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Fanji
Bafanji
Chuufi
Region Cameroon
Ethnicity Bafanji
Native speakers
17,000 (2008)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 bfj
Glottolog bafa1249[2]

The Fanji language, Chuufi (Nchufie), is a Grassfields language and the language of the Bafanji people in the Northwest Region of Cameroon.[1][3] There are approximately 17,000 speakers. The language has a rich system of tonal morphology, including reduplication involving adjectives.

Phonology[edit]

Consonants[edit]

[4]
Labial Alveolar Post-
alveolar
Palatal Velar
Nasal m n ɲ ŋ
Stop Plain p t t͡ʃ c͡ç k
Aspirated t͡ʃʰ c͡çʰ
Prenasalised[1] mb nd nd͡ʒ ɲɟ ŋɡ
Fricative Voiceless f s ʃ ç
Voiced z ɣ
Approximant Central j w
Lateral l ʎ
  1. ^ The prenasalised stops may also be considered voiced with redundant prenasalisation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fanji at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Bafanji". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Silverman (1995:57)
  4. ^ Silverman (1995:58)
  • Silverman, Daniel (1995), "Optional, conditional, and obligatory prenasalization in Bafanji", Journal of West African Languages, 25: 57–62