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Lumasaba

Masaba
Lumasaba
Native to Uganda
Region Eastern, south of the Kupsabiny, Bugisu Province
Ethnicity Masaba, Luhya
Native speakers 2.8 million  (2002 & 2009 censuses)Template:Infobox language/ref
Language family
Dialects
Gisu
Kisu
Syan
Tachoni
Dadiri
Buya
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
lts – Tachoni
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Guthrie code JE.31[1]

Masaba (Lumasaaba), sometimes known as Gisu (Lugisu) after one of its dialects, is a Bantu language spoken by more than two million people in East Africa. Gisu dialect in eastern Uganda is mutually intelligible with Bukusu, spoken by ethnic Luhya in western Kenya. Masaba is the local name of Mount Elgon and the name of the son of the ancestor of the Gisu tribe. Like other Bantu languages, Lumasaba has a large set of prefixes used as noun classifiers. This is similar to how gender is used in many Germanic and Romance languages, except that instead of the usual two or three, there are around eighteen different noun classes. The language is not tonal but has a quite complex verb morphology.

Varieties

Varieties of Masaba are as follows:[2]

  • Gisu (Lugisu)
  • Kisu
  • Bukusu (Lubukusu; ethnic Luhya)
  • Syan
  • Tachoni (Lutachoni; ethnic Luhya)
  • Dadiri (Ludadiri)
  • Buya (Lubuya)

Dadiri is spoken in the north, Gisu in the center, and Buya in the center and south of Masaba territory in Uganda. Bukusu is spoken in Kenya, separated from ethnic Masaba by Nilotic languages on the border.

Sounds

See Bukusu dialect for details of one variety of Masaba.

Consonants

labial Alveolar Palatal Velar
Nasal m n ŋ
Plosive p b t d k g
Fricative f β s z
Approximant l j

Vowels

Masaba has a basic 5-vowel system consisting of /i, e, a, o, u/.

References

  • Brown, Gillian (1972) Phonological Rules and Dialectal Variation: A study of the phonology of Lumasaaba ISBN 0-521-08485-7

External links

  • Book of Common Prayer in Masaba (1907) digitized by Richard Mammana and Charles Wohlers
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