The /ǝ/ sound in Nkwen Language

Ә ә

ǝ̀làrә̀ – a bridge

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/ə/ is one of the vowel sounds in the Nkwen Language. It is a  Mid-Central Vowel that is often called the “schwa” sound but that refers to the symbol that is used and has nothing to do with the phonetics of the sound. In Nkwen Language, it features in all positions in most words; initial, medial, and final. Here are examples of the words and a short reading exercise.

Ә  ә

ǝ̀bàrә̂ –  mad people

ǝ̀bà’à –  doors

àlàrә problem

ǝ̀làrǝ̀ –  a bridge

ǝ̀tàa  – father

ǝ̀tâ   – a pit

mǝ̀nenә̀   –   grass  birds

mǝ̀nà – animals

Mәshi  – female name

Mǝ̀là    – male name

Mǝ̀fâ  –  twins   

Nǝ̀dorǝ̀  – joy

Lǝ̀ŋә  – to stir (fufu)

sәŋәa bird

sǝ̀ŋә  – to scatter

sàtә̂   – tear into pieces

A binǝ̀ toŋtә̂ (let’s read)

      Mәshi à sàtә әtsәˀә jwi. Mә̀là swiŋǝ ngǝ a lyǝ  kǝ lya bǔ ghǝrǝ. A kantǝ̀ ngә zhә lyә kә lya bǔ ghәrә. Bә mὲˀὲtǝ̀ yi ngǝ a ghǝ ntatǝ atsǝ̀’ǝ̀ zu.

Free Translation
Meshi has torn her dress. Mela advised her never to do that ever again. She promised she will never again do that. She was allowed to go and stitch the dress.

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