Geji language

Geji (Gezawa) is a minor Chadic dialect cluster of Bauchi State, Nigeria. The three varieties are Buu, Gyaazi and Mәgang. The latter two are quite close.[3]

Geji
RegionBauchi State
Native speakers
(6,000 cited 1995)[1]
Dialects
  • Buu
  • Gyaazi & Mәgang
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
gyz – Geji (Gyazi)
zbu – Buu
Glottologgeji1246
ELPGeji
 Buu (Nigeria)[2]

VarietiesEdit

Blench (2020) lists:[3]

  • Buu
  • Gyaazi, Mәgang

Zaranda is an exonym for Bu, endonym Bùù. This is clearly distinct and probably a separate language.

Gezawa, Gaejawa are exonyms for Geji, endonym Gyaazә. Bagba is a loconym.

Mәgang ('Mugan') is spoken by about 3,000-4,000 speakers in the following 8 villages of Bauchi LGA, Bauchi State (all located just to the south of Bauchi city).[3]

Megang locations
Village name IPA Notes
Byeru bʲèrúp
Haɗobilang háɗòbíla᷄ŋ
Baking Kura bàkíŋ kúrá Hausa name
Pakimi pákìmī
Beddare béddárè
Balla bāllā
Bәm Mәgang bә̄m mә̀ga᷄ŋ
Makyera màkʲérá Hausa name

Belu and Pelu are variant spellings of Byeru, also spelled Pyaalu (Pyààlù) or Fyalu.

NumeralsEdit

The Mәgang numerals are:[3]

Numeral Mәgang
one ɗéɗә᷄m
two ɗélóp
three ɗèmèkáŋ
four ɗu᷄psí
five ɗènàntә́ŋ
six ɗә́màkā
seven ɗèníŋgī
eight ɗíwsә́psı᷄
nine nētʷópsī
ten ɗēkúɬ

ReferencesEdit