Miya language

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Native toNigeria
RegionBauchi State
Native speakers
(30,000 cited 1995)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3mkf

Miya (Miyawa) is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in Bauchi State, Nigeria.[1] It is also referred to as "vә́na mίy" translating to "mouth of miy".[3] There are approximately 5,000 speakers of Miya. It is related to languages such as Hausa, which the Miya people sometimes borrow from.


Verb morphology[edit]

Miya's verb morphology is suprasegmental, where the masculine first person is marked with a high tone.

Noun classes[edit]

Miya's noun class is divided between feminine and masculine, as well as a divider on morphology between animate and inanimate nouns. Noun classes where all nouns are under the class of feminine of masculine is called grammatical gender.


  1. ^ a b Miya at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Miya". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ 1941-2016., Schuh, Russell G. (1998). A grammar of Miya. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press. ISBN 0520098218. OCLC 38595440.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

Further reading[edit]

  • Russell G. Schuh. 1998. A Grammar of Miya. University of California Publications in Linguistics 130. Berkeley: University of California Press.

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