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Nouns in Nkwen Language
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Below is a table showing the different noun prefixes in Nkwen Language. There are nine (9) noun classes following the noun prefixes. The nouns in class one (1) begin with the prefix (m̀ or ǹ ). It should be noted that classes 2, 5, and 7 are plural classes while the rest are singular. Thus, class seven (7) is different from class (3) three which is a singular class, though they both begin with the prefix ǝ̀. The last class (9) is made up of nouns with no prefix.

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A TABLE OF NOUN PREFIXES IN THE NKWEN LANGUAGE

ClassNoun prefix
Examples
Free Translation

1.ǹ, m̀nfò
m̀byî
m̀bɛrǝ
chief
goat
lazy-one




ǹta’à
ǹnà
ǹcǐ
ǹsa’à
ǹzɛrǝ̀
ǹsùŋə
Hill,
animal
in-law
injection
thief
farm



ǹkyî
ǹgwo
ǹgarǝ̀
ǹkǝ̀mə
ǹkɛnǝ̀
ǹfòŋǝ
Water
dog
gun
noble
message
cup




2.̀Bə̀fò
bə̀kə̀mǝ
bə̀ntò
bǝ̀zɛ̀rǝ
Chiefs
nobles
pots
thieves

3.ə̀


ə̀làrə̀
ǝ̀lyi
ǝ̀li’ì
ǝ̀lìi

ǝ̀tàrǝ̀



bridge
soldier-ant
farm work
incense
cram

4.̀Nə̀sa
nə̀lòŋə
nə̀fâ
nǝ̀là’a
Buttock
radio
twin
net

5.̀Mə̀nta’à
mǝ̀kù
mǝ̀sâ 
mǝkû
mə̀fâ
mǝ̀là’a
Hills
legs
buttocks
beans
twins
nets

6.à̀àkù
àtî
àfwǒ
àkaŋǝ̀
àlǝ̀ŋǝ
Foot
tree
leave
pan
chair

7.ǝ̀ə̀so
ə̀tsə̀’ə
ə̀bà’à
ǝ̀lǝ̀ŋǝ
ǝ̀kaŋǝ̀
Hoes
clothes
doors
chairs
pans

8.̀Fə̀nkəbə̀
fəkəbə
fə̀ŋnyə
fǝ̀sàŋǝ̀
Statue
spoon
snake
star

9.фKàŋə̀
forə
bàtǝ̀

wàrə̀
tankǎ
yɛ̀rǝ̀
Squirrel
rat
wine- calabash

hawk
friend
earing
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