Mwaghavul language

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Native toNigeria
RegionPlateau State
Native speakers
150,000 (2016)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3sur

Mwaghavul is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in Plateau State, Nigeria.[3]

Mwaghavul has one of the most elaborate systems of logophoricity known in any language (see).


Mwaghavul has 6 vowels: /a, e, i, ɨ, o, u/.[4]

Bilabial Labiodental Alveolar Postalveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Stop voiceless p t k (ʔ)
voiced b d g
implosive ɓ ɗ
Affricate voiceless t͡ʃ
voiced d͡ʒ
Fricative voiceless f s ʃ h
voiced v z ʒ (ɣ)
Nasal m n ɲ ŋ
Approximant l j w
Trill r


  1. ^ "Mwaghavul". Ethnologue. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Mwaghavul". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Mwaghavul language at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  4. ^ "Roger Blench: Mwaghavul opening page". Retrieved 2018-08-16.

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