See also: Mai and mai

KikuyuEdit

 
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Wikipedia ki

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Bantu *màjíjɪ̀. Hinde (1904) records maii as an equivalent of English water and liquid in “Jogowini dialect” of Kikuyu, listing also Kamba maanzi (water) and Swahili maji (water, liquid) etc. as its equivalents[1].

PronunciationEdit

This a is pronounced long.[2][3]
As for Tonal Class, Armstrong (1940) classifies this term into mbori class which includes mbũri, ikinya (pl. makinya), itimũ, kĩhaato, maguta, mbembe, mũgeka, mũrata, nyaga, ũhoro, riitho, riũa, rũrĩmĩ, Kamau (man's name), etc.[4] Benson (1964) classifies this term into Class 3 with a disyllabic stem, together with kĩhaato, mbembe, kiugo, and so on.
  • (Kiambu)

NounEdit

maĩ 6[3](diminutives tũĩ, tũmaĩ)

  1. water
    kũnyua maĩto drink water

Derived termsEdit

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Related termsEdit

(Nouns)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hinde, Hildegarde (1904). Vocabularies of the Kamba and Kikuyu languages of East Africa, pp. 36–37, 64–65. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  2. ^ Barlow, A. Ruffell (1960). Studies in Kikuyu Grammar and Idiom, p. 32.
  3. 3.0 3.1 maĩ” in Benson, T.G. (1964). Kikuyu-English dictionary, p. 194. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  4. ^ Armstrong, Lilias E. (1940). The Phonetic and Tonal Structure of Kikuyu. Rep. 1967. (Also in 2018 by Routledge).
  5. ^ 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.