KikuyuEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Bantu *ìjʊ́bà.

PronunciationEdit

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, rũrĩmĩ, Kamau (man's name), etc.[1] Benson (1964) classifies this term into Class 3. Yukawa (1981) classifies this term into a group including bũrũri (pl. mabũrũri), ikara, ikinya, itimũ, kanitha (pl. makanitha), kiugo, kĩhaato, maguta, mũgeka, mũkonyo, mũrata, mwana, mbembe, mbũri, nyaga, riitho, rũrĩmĩ (pl. nĩmĩ), ũhoro (pl. mohoro), and so on.[2]

NounEdit

riũa class 5 (plural mariũa)

  1. sun
    riũa rĩkĩrathaat sunrise
    riũa rĩgĩthũaat sunset

Derived termsEdit

(Proverbs)

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.
  • “riũa” in Benson, T.G. (1964). Kikuyu-English dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press.