Perema language

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Native toNigeria
RegionAdamawa State
Native speakers
(5,000 cited 1989)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3wom
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Wom ([w̃ɔ̃̀m][3]), or Perema, is a Leko language of Nigeria.


Consonants are:

m n [ŋ]
b d ɟ ɡ ɡb ~ ɡʷ
p t c k kp ~ kʷ (ʔ)
f v s z ʃ ʒ x (h)
l j w

/ŋ/, and only /ŋ/, appears geminate. /ʔ/ is rare, perhaps borrowed. /h/ is known from one word, not borrowed.

Vowels are /i e ɛ a ə ɔ o u/. All may be doubled, but there are no long vowels. /a/ is neutralized to /ə/ in all but final position.

Tone is probably high, low, and falling, as in Chamba Leko.


  1. ^ Wom at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Wom (Nigeria)". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Idiatov, Dmitry, Mark Van de Velde, Tope Olagunju and Bitrus Andrew. 2017. Results of the first AdaGram survey in Adamawa and Taraba States, Nigeria. 47th Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics (CALL) (Leiden, Netherlands).

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