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KikuyuEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Hinde (1904) records karegu as an equivalent of English girl in “Jogowini dialect” of Kikuyu.[1]

PronunciationEdit

This ĩ is pronounced long.[2]
As for Tonal Class, Armstrong (1940) classifies this term into ŋgoko class which includes ngũkũ, hiti, icembe, igoko (pl. magoko), ihĩtia (pl. mahĩtia), kĩng'ang'i, maitũ (my mother), mbogo, mũkanda, mũthĩgi, nduka, ngingo, rũthanju, Wambũgũ (man's name), etc.[3] Benson (1964) classifies this term into Class 4 with a disyllabic stem, together with kĩng'ang'i, ngũkũ, kĩeha, and so on.
  • (Kiambu)

NounEdit

karĩgũ class 12 (plural tũrĩgũ)

  1. little girl

Derived termsEdit

(Proverbs)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hinde, Hildegarde (1904). Vocabularies of the Kamba and Kikuyu languages of East Africa, pp. –. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  2. ^ rĩgũ” in Benson, T.G. (1964). Kikuyu-English dictionary, p. 396. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  3. ^ Armstrong, Lilias E. (1940). The Phonetic and Tonal Structure of Kikuyu. Rep. 1967. (Also in 2018 by Routledge).
  4. ^ Yukawa, Yasutoshi (1981). "A Tentative Tonal Analysis of Kikuyu Nouns: A Study of Limuru Dialect." In Journal of Asian and African Studies, No. 22, 75–123.