Adara language

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Adara
Eda
Native toNigeria
RegionKaduna State, Niger State
Native speakers
300,000 (2011)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3kad
Glottologkada1284[2]

Adara (also Eda[3] and Kadara), is a Plateau language of Nigeria. The name Adara is also used to refer to an ethnic group.

Some estimates place the population of the Adara people at around 350,000. About 55% of the Adara are Christians while some also adhere to Islam.[4]

Distribution[edit]

Eda (Kadara) is spoken mainly in Kachia and Kajuru Local Government Areas of Kaduna state and in Niger state in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria.

Dialects[edit]

Dialects of the Adara language include the Adara dialect, Eneje, Ada, Ekhwa, and Ajiya.[5]:1

Phonology[edit]

Consonants[edit]

[3]:3
Bilabial Labiodental Alveolar Alveo-palatal Palatal Velar Labial–velar Glottal
Plosive p b t d [c] j k g kp gb
Nasal m n ŋ
Tap ɾ
Fricative f v s z ʃ ʒ [ɣ] h
Affricate [bv]
Approximant y w
Lateral l

Vowels[edit]

[3]:2
Front Central Back
Close i u
Close-mid e o
Open-mid ɛ ɔ
Open a

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adara at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Kadara". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ a b c Roger Blench (5 July 2009). "The Eda [= Kadara] language of Central Nigeria" (PDF).
  4. ^ Joshua project entry on the Adara
  5. ^ Hon, Luther; Ajaegbu, Grace; Magnusson, Carol; Nweke, Uche S.; Yoder, Zachariah (27 April 2012). "A Summary of a Sociolinguistic Survey of the Adara of Kaduna and Niger States, Nigeria" (PDF). SIL.

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