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Le luri. Quelques notes sur une langue tchadique du Nigéria

Abstract : Luri (a South-Bauchi Chadic language) spoken 15 km south of Bauchi, in Northern Nigeria, near Langas (9,83° East ; 10,17° North), in the original village of Luri (lúr). It now consists of a single house where the forme chief of the village (Musa) lives with his wife, both of them being over 80 years old. The federal government of Nigeria having confiscated the land of the village to create a reserve for the Fulani pastoralists, the inhabitants of the village had to migrate. Musa having refused to leave the village, his son became the new chief and founded the new village nearby, down in the valley, on the river that flows near Langas. In the process, the whole population abandonned the language of the village, luri, for Hausa and Nyamzak, a language spoken in Langas. According to Musa, he and his wife were the last two speakers of the language. As the verbal and pronominal morphologies, as well as the vocabulary, are extremely close to Nyamzak, luri is best described as a dialect of Nyamzak.
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Bernard Caron. Le luri. Quelques notes sur une langue tchadique du Nigéria. Pascal Boyeldieu et Pierre Nougayrol. Langues et cultures: terrains d'Afrique. Hommage à France Cloarec-Heiss, Peeters, Louvain, pp.193-201, 2004, Afrique et Langage, 7. ⟨halshs-00644514⟩



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