|Extinct||mid 20th century|
The Asa (Aasá) language, commonly rendered Aasax, was spoken by the Asa people of Tanzania. The language is extinct; ethnic Assa in northern Tanzania remember only a few words they overheard their elders use, and none ever used it themselves. Little is known of the language; what is recorded was probably Aasa lexical words used in a register of Maasai like the mixed language Mbugu.
The Aramanik (Laramanik) people once spoke Asa, but shifted to Nandi (as opposed to Maasai).
- wataka - all
- buʕurita - burn
- dah - claw
- ga - cloud
- ki=te - die
- yatara -drink
- haǯa-t -earth
- ʔag- ~ ʔag-im- - eat
- ila-t - - eye
- ʔoreʔ-ek -far
- maʔa - water
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Aasax". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- "Towards a new classification of African languages", Linguistic Contribution to the History of Sub-Saharan Africa, University of Lyons
- Petrollino, Sara & Maarten Mous, 2010, Recollecting Words and Expressions in Aasá, a Dead Language in Tanzania
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