Nso language

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Nsɔ
Lamnsɔ’
Native to Cameroon
Native speakers
240,000 in Cameroon (2005)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 lns
Glottolog lamn1239[2]

Lamnso (Lamnsɔ’) is the language of the Nso people of Cameroon. A few may remain in Nigeria. It is a Grassfields language with ten major noun classes.[1] The ISO 639-3 code is lns.[2] This language is spoken by about over 100,000 people.[3]

Phrases[edit]

  • Beri wo. Thank you. (Deutsch: Danke)
  • Wikijung. You are welcome.
  • A sahka? What news? (Greeting). (Deutsch: Wie Gehts?)
  • Sah ka yo dzə. No news (Reply) OR M bo sa. I am fine. (Deutsch: Gut)
  • yirannia. Good morning.
  • A sahka mbuni. How did you sleep?
  • Aresi nia. Good afternoon.
  • yi ginia. Good evening.
  • Buni kijung. Sleep well.
  • A ber ni kibveshi. Good bye until tomorrow.
  • Njemse jungsi. Sweet dreams.
  • Wuna wosa. And to you.
  • Nyuy sævi wo. God bless you (Greeting). (Deutsch: Gott segne dich)
  • Vishi vejungvi. Good luck.
  • Ghan kijung. Safe journey.
  • Fo mo. Give me. (Deutsch: Gib mir)
  • A du fe? Where are you going? (Deutsch: Wo gehen Sie hin?)
  • Yir yee dzə la? What is your name? (Deutsch: Wie heißen Sie?)
  • Yir yem dzə Luckong. My name is Luckong. (Deutsch: Meine Name ist Luckong)
  • A dzə wan la? Whose child are you? (Deutsch: Zu welchen Eltern gehören Sie?)
  • M dzə wan Lukong. I am Lukong's child. (Deutsch: Ich bin das Kind von Emma)
  • Fon Nso dze la? Who is the traditional ruler of Nso? (Deutsch: Wie heißt der Nso Oberhaupt?)
  • Jing yar mo. I am hungry.
  • Ki long ki yum mo. I am thirsty.
  • M kong wo. I love you.
  • Marir mo. Marry me.

Animal names[edit]

  • baa: leopard
  • jwi: dog
  • kan: monkey
  • kitam: elephant
  • bvèreh: lion
  • shishuiy: duica
  • bvey: goat
  • njii: sheep
  • nyaar: buffalo
  • buhn: squirrel
  • yo : serpent
  • kinchiiy: cricket
  • taa ngam: spider
  • ngam: tarantula
  • kuurra: hyena
  • Ngvev: Chicken.
  • Kibev: He goat.
  • Kibar: Lizard.
  • Kiliim: Bat

Other nouns[edit]

  • shuy: sun
  • mindzev: water
  • ngwa: book
  • nanar: pineapple
  • lav: house
  • kitukelav: roof
  • nsaalav: floor
  • shulav: door
  • ntah: chair
  • gham: rug
  • nton: cooking pot
  • lang: bowl (typically a small bowl)
  • bar: Cup
  • Nkaa: Basket
  • Sum: Farm.
  • Minkkah: Firewood.

Adjectives[edit]

  • lum: hot
  • rə : cold
  • Dzer: Heavy.
  • Sen: Dark.
  • Fer: White
  • Sheer: Bitter.
  • Nyom: Sweet.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nsɔ at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Lamnso'". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ paul peek. "Lamnso". Flw.com. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • McGarrity, Laura and Botne, Robert (2001). Between Agreement and Case Marking in Lamnso. IUWPL 3: Explorations in African Linguistics: From Lamnso' to Sesotho (2001), edited by Robert Botne and Rose Vondrasek, pp. 53–70. Bloomington, IN: Noun classes and categorization: Proceedings of a symposium on categorization and noun classification, Eugene, Oregon, October 1983. Amsterdam: J. Benjamins.