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The /dz/ sound in Nkwen Language

DZ dz

ǹdzàà → an axe

/dz/ is one of the six double consonants sounds; /dz/ /gh/ /kh/ /ny/ /ts/ /zh/, found in the second edition of Nkwen Language Alphabet. These sounds are made up of two consonants but are considered as single sounds. When written in the upper case, the two letters are capitalized as follows; /DZ/ /GH/ /KH/ /NY/ /TS/ /ZH/. E.g. 

1. “NYwɛ̀ – God”.  

2. “DZà’a- jump” when it comes at the beginning of a sentence. Below are some words and a short reading text with the /dz/ sound.

DZ dz

dzàˀa  → to jump

dzìtә̂   → to stake

dzɔ̀ŋǝ → to lick

dzɔ̀ŋǝ → a giant

dzinә  → to sneeze

ǹdzàà  → an axe

ǹdzɔŋә̀ →   a thorn

ǹdzɔŋ-ndzɔŋә̀  →  thorns

ǹdziŋә̀      → a bell

ǹdzìŋә̀      → a dream

ә̀dzwaŋә̀   → palm front

ә̀dzuŋә̀     → things

ǹdzàŋә̀     → a song 

ǹdzàŋә    → palm kernels

ǹdzaŋә    → xylophones

ǹdzә̀mә̌  → darkness

Tɔŋtә nә̀

      Ǹdziŋә̀ ndyâ ŋwàˀàrә̀ ә bɔ̀ŋnә̌. Ǹdzaˀa tiŋә̀ ŋ̀khәtә̌ mbәˀәma fә̀ˀә̀ a cya.  Ə̀dzuŋә jwi dzwi mәmә abàà zhә. À kɔŋә bùˀu ndzaŋә kә dzàˀa bεnә. 

Free Translation

  The church bell is ringing. Ndzah is in a haste because he is late. His things are in his bag. He likes to play xylophones, jump and dance.

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