Ibibio language


Ibibio language

Infobox Language
name=Ibibio
states=Southern Nigeria
region=Akwa Ibom State
speakers=1,5 to 2 million
familycolor=Niger-Congo
fam2=Atlantic-Congo
fam3=Benue-Congo
fam4=Cross River
fam5=Lower Cross
fam8=Obolo
fam9=Efik
iso2=bnt|iso3=ibb

Ibibio language belongs to the Niger-Congo and Benue-Congo language groups that is native to over 10 million people in the Akwa Ibom State and Cross River States of Nigeria. The Efik and Annang are dialects of the Ibibio language. Other Ibibio language clusters in the state include Oron and Itu mbon-uso.

peech technology

Until now, not many speech synthesis applications exist for African tone languages. Working on this subject are Gibbon et al. (2006) and Bachmann (2006,2007), see references and BOSS (Speech synthesis).Clarifyme|date=March 2008

Phrases

*Emesiere - Good Morning
*Esiere - Good night
*Aba die/ Aba di die - How are you
*Aba ke mmo - Where are you
*Abiong andong - I am hungry
*Idem mfo - How are you
*Idem asong - I'm fine
*Idem 'nsongo - I'm not well
*Amedi - Welcome (literal - You have come)
*Sosongo - Thankyou
*Akere die - What's your name
*Mma ma fi - I love you
*Ndiongo ke - I don't know
*Nsido - What is wrong/what is it
*Atweb atie - It's cold
*Eyo ada - It's sunny
*Ubak usen - Morning
*Usen - Day
*Uwem-eyo - Afternoon
*Mmbubreyo - Evening
*Okoneyo - Night
*Ini - Time
*Anie - Who
*Nso - What
*Ini eke - When
*Ntagha - Why
*Die - How
*Ufok Abasi - Church (House of God)
*Sanga sung - Go well (Goodbye)
*Ufok Nwed - School (House of Book)
*Ufok Ibok - Hospital (House of Medicine)
*Ka - Go
*Di - Come
*Ta - Eat
*Tie - Sit
*Uwemedimo - Life is Wealth (Uwem=Life, Edi=Is, Imo=Wealth)
*Abasi- God
*Mmekomabasi- I thank God
*Emekemeabasi-The Lord Is Able

References

* O. E. Essien (1991): "The nature of tenses in African languages: a case study of the morphemes and their variants." In: Archiv Orientalni, Bd. 59, 1–11.
* Dafydd Gibbon, Eno-Aasi E. Urua und Moses Ekpenyong (2006): "Problems and solutions in African tone language Text-To-Speech." In: ISCA Workshop on Multilingual Speech and Language Processing (MULTILING 2006), Stellenbosch, South Africa: Center for Language and Speech Technology, Stellenbosch University, paper 014.
* Raymond G. Gordon, Hrsg. (2005): "Ethnologue: Languages of the World", Fifteenth edition. Dallas, Texas: SIL International. ISBN 1-55671-159-X
* Kaufman, Elaine Marlowe (1972) "Ibibio dictionary". Leiden: ASC / Cross River State University / Ibibio Language Board.
* Arne Bachmann (2006): "Ein quantitatives Tonmodell für Ibibio. Entwicklung eines Prädiktionsmoduls für das BOSS-Sprachsynthesesystem." Magisterarbeit, University of Bonn.
* Eno-Abasi E. Urua (2004): "Ibibio", Nr. 34/1 in Journal of the international phonetic association, International phonetic association, Kap. Ibibio. 105–109.

External links

* [http://www.geocities.com/myibibio My Ibibio] — language resources, including dictionary, books, proverbs, stories and history.
* [http://www.panafril10n.org/wikidoc/pmwiki.php/PanAfrLoc/EfikIbibioAnaang PanAfrican L10n wiki page on Efik, Ibibio and Anaang]
* [http://evilazrael.net/~StyxGuardian/acr/documents/thesis-bachmann.pdf Bachmann's Master Thesis]
* [http://evilazrael.net/~StyxGuardian/acr/documents/boss-ibb-v0.1-r4.pdf BOSS-IBB documentation v0.1-r3]


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