Gbeya language

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Gbeya
Native toCentral African Republic
Native speakers
ca. 250,000 (1996–2005)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
gbp – Gbaya-Bossangoa
sqm – Suma
Glottologgbey1244[2]

Gbeya (Gbɛ́yá, Gbaya-Bossangoa) is a Gbaya language of the Central African Republic. Ethnologue reports it may be mutually intelligible with Bozom.[3]

Phonology[edit]

Consonants[edit]

Bilabial Labial Dental Alveolar Palatal Velar Labialvelar Glottal
Plosive voiceless p t k kp ʔ
voiced b d ɡ ɡb
prenasalized mb nd ŋɡ ŋmɡb
ingressive ɓ ɗ
Nasal preglottalized ˀm ˀn
plain m n ŋ ŋm
Fricative voiceless f s h
voiced v z
Lateral l
Tap/Flap ɾ
Approximant j w

Vowels[edit]

Front Back
Close i u
Close-mid e o
Open-mid ɛ ɔ
Open a

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Gbaya-Bossangoa at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Suma at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Gbeya–Suma". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Samarin, William J. (1966). The Gbeya language: Grammar, texts, and vocabularies (PDF). ASIN B000S2UYWE. hdl:1807/67174. OCLC 897343. Book reviewed in both Courtenay, Karen (1 January 1968). "Review of The Gbeya Language: Grammar, Texts, and Vocabularies". Language. 44 (2): 420–423. doi:10.2307/411642. JSTOR 411642, and Crabb, David W. (1969). ": The Gbeya Language: Grammar, Texts, and Vocabularies . William J. Samarin". American Anthropologist. 71 (2): 365. doi:10.1525/aa.1969.71.2.02a00600.
  4. ^ Samarin, William J. (1966). The Gbeya Language Grammar, Texts, and Vocabularies (PDF). University of California Press Berkeley and Los Angeles.