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A Linguistic Sketch of Tiba (Gà)

Abstract : Tiba (Gà) is an Adamawa language spoken by a small number of inhabitants of Adamawa State, Nigeria. This sketch, based on a single week of intensive study, is composed of two parts: the first shows cognacy in Southwestern Adamawa and the surrounding Chamba-Daka language (in which Tiba speakers are bilingual) for nouns among those cited by Meek (1931), and lists a number of roots which seem to be unique to Tiba. From these data, it can be concluded that Tiba belongs to the Adamawa branch, has close lexical relations with neigboring languages in the Mumuye-Yendang subgroup, and may have massively imported lexical material from Chamba-Daka. Part II gives tentative conclusions with regard to phonology (including the presence of postnasalized consonants as in Mumuye and a nine-vowel system including two rounded front vowels), tonology (three levels with downstep and grammatical sandhi), pronominals, morphology (noun classification and verb inflection and derivation), and grammatical marking (word order and proposition markers). This part ends with a full list of the lexical items recorded. Bibliographical reference Meek, Charles Kingsley, 1931: Tribal Studies in Northern Nigeria, 2 vols., London: Kegan Paul.
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Raymond Boyd. A Linguistic Sketch of Tiba (Gà). Afrika und Übersee, Reimer, 1999, 82, pp.1-17 ; 213-249. ⟨hal-00323718v3⟩

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