Basaa language


Basaa language

language
name=Basaa
nativename=unicode|ɓasaá
familycolor=Niger-Congo
states=Cameroon
region=Centre and Littoral Provinces
speakers=230,000
fam2=Atlantic-Congo
fam3=Volta-Congo
fam4=Benue-Congo
fam5=Bantoid
fam6=Southern
fam7=Bantu
fam8=Bantu A
iso2=bas|iso3=bas

Basaa (also spelled Bassa, Basa, Bissa) is a Bantu language spoken in Cameroon. It is spoken by about 230,000 people in Centre and Littoral provinces.

Phonology

Vowels

Consonants

*When not root-initial and not occur after a pause, the voiceless stops IPA|/p t k/ are realized as voiced stops or voiced fricatives.

Tone

Basaa contrasts four tones: high, low, high-to-low (falling) and low-to-high (rising).

References

*cite book | author=Hyman, Larry M. | year=2003 | chapter = Basaá (A.43) | editor=Nurse, Derek and Philippson, Gérard (ed.) | title = The Bantu Languages | pages=257–282 | publisher=Routledge | id=ISBN 0-7007-1134-1

External links

*ethnologue|code=bas


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