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KikuyuEdit

EtymologyEdit

Compare Rwanda-Rundi umuntu, Lingala moto etc.

PronunciationEdit

As for Tonal Class, Armstrong (1940) classifies this term into moondo class which includes huko, igego, igoti, inooro, irigũ, irũa, kĩbaata, kĩmũrĩ, kũgũrũ, mũciĩ, mũgeni, mũri, mwaki (fire), ndaka, ndigiri, njagathi, njogu, Mũrĩmi (man's name), etc.[1] Benson (1964) classifies this term into Class 1 with a monosyllabic stem, together with mũri, ngo, and so on.

NounEdit

mũndũ class 1 (plural andũ)[4]

  1. human being, man
  2. person

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Armstrong, Lilias E. (1940). The Phonetic and Tonal Structure of Kikuyu. Rep. 1967. (Also in 2018 by Routledge).
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Yukawa, Yasutoshi (1985). "A Second Tentative Tonal Analysis of Kikuyu Nouns." In Journal of Asian and African Studies, No. 29, 190–231.
  4. ^ ndũ” in Benson, T.G. (1964). Kikuyu-English dictionary, p. 300. Oxford: Clarendon Press.