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KikuyuEdit

EtymologyEdit

Hinde (1904) records ndaka as an equivalent of English clay, dirt, mud in “Jogowini dialect” of Kikuyu, listing also Kamba ndakuju ndakuju (dirt) and tutandaka (clay) (“Nganyawa dialect”, spoken then in Kitui District) as its equivalents.[1]

PronunciationEdit

As for Tonal Class, Armstrong (1940) classifies this term into moondo class which includes mũndũ, huko, igego, igoti, inooro, irigũ, irũa, kĩbaata, kĩmũrĩ, kũgũrũ, mũciĩ, mũgeni, mũri, mwaki (fire), ndigiri, njagathi, njogu, Mũrĩmi (man's name), etc.[2] Benson (1964) classifies this term into Class 1 with a disyllabic stem.
  • (Kiambu)

NounEdit

ndaka class 9

  1. mud
    Synonym: ndoro

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hinde, Hildegarde (1904). Vocabularies of the Kamba and Kikuyu languages of East Africa, pp. 14–15, 18–19, 40–41. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  2. ^ Armstrong, Lilias E. (1940). The Phonetic and Tonal Structure of Kikuyu. Rep. 1967. (Also in 2018 by Routledge).
  3. ^ 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.
  • “ndaka” in Benson, T.G. (1964). Kikuyu-English dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press.