Karekare language

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Karaikarai
Native toNigeria
RegionBauchi State, Yobe State
Native speakers
1,500,000 (2003)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3kai
Glottologkare1348[2]
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Ethnic territories (pink) of the Karaikarai-speaking people (Bakwaro) in Nigeria

Karakarai (also known as Karai-Karai, keri-keri, kari-kari spoken "/Ka-/rai/ka-/rai/") is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in Bauchi State and Yobe State with settlements in Kukar-Gadu, Dagare, Maje, Dagauda, Shira, Auyo, Sheyakau, Siminti, Janga, Dogon Kuka, Damagum, Fune, Kukawa, Ngelzarma, Potiskum, Fika, Nangere, Janga and Jalam Nigeria. Dialects include Birkai, Jalalum, and Kwarta Mataci.[1]

Writing System[edit]

Karakarai alphabet[3]
Uppercase A B Ɓ C D Ɗ E G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V W ʼW Y ʼY Z
Lowercase a b ɓ c d ɗ e g h i j k l m n o p r s t u v w ʼw y ʼy z

The digraphs dl, hn, tl, zh are also used.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Karaikarai at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Karekare". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Tikau & Yusuf 2009, p. viii.

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