Ngam language

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Ngam
Sara Ngam
Native toChad, Central African Republic
Native speakers
(61,000 cited 1993–1996)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3nmc
Glottologngam1269[2]

Ngam, or Sara Ngam, is a Bongo–Bagirmi language of Chad and the Central African Republic.

Examples[edit]

  • Sú àl̄ dò̰ó̰ bə̄ kà̰ŗ̄ɓày ᵼ̀sō-nìí jī Tùbòjēmgᵼ̄ tᵼ́. - He mounts (into a tree), but a toad falls into the hands of Toubojemgué.
  • J-àw̄ ndò̰ kānjᵼ̄-á bā-á. - We went fishing on the river.
  • ń-dòó dá, ā í-ɗāhā ɗí tā? - And now what are you going to do?
  • Wòjᵼ̀ ngán gᵼ̄ sīrí, àdᵼ̄ ngán kᵼ́ dìngà ??gᵼ̄ ??ì mᵼ̀tá, bə̄ kᵼ́ dḭ̀yá̰ gᵼ̄ ì sɔ́. - He has seven children, three boys and four girls.
  • Mbɔ̀ŗ̄ nᵼ̀ngà yā̰-í ngāl ànī, à ᵼ̀ndà yḛ̄tᵼ̄ gᵼ̄ ᵼ̀gà dɔ̀-í tᵼ́. - If the handle of your spear is long, it will strike the wasps that will sting you.
  • ó̰-ō̰, ḿ-gèŗ̄ àĺ tó̰ò̰. - No, I do not understand yet.
  • Yèl̄ gᵼ̄ ní ɗèē wɔ̀tᵼ̄-n̄ dɔ̀-ǹ tᵼ́ - The birds arrive above his head.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ngam at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Ngam". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Sara-Bagirmi Language Project - Ngam